29 Jun Excursions to take while studying abroad in Cadiz
When studying in Spain, students have a tremendous opportunity to travel around the country, and the entirety of Europe, for that matter. In fact, MundoLengua’s programs include excursions within Spain to avail students to those opportunities. Students studying abroad in Cadiz might go to Sevilla, Granada, and even Morocco. Each of those locales exhibits an unbelievable amount of history and possesses a unique character. Let’s hear from some students studying abroad in Cadiz with us who have just spent time there!
Philip Grotz: Sevilla
Philip Grotz, from the College of William & Mary, was studying abroad in Cadiz with Centro MundoLengua from May 19th, 2017 until June 25th, 2017.
“One of my weekends off, I went on an excursion to Sevilla. I knew very little about the city before going except that once there was an important barber who lived there. Since going, I learned that Sevilla is the second-most popular city in Spain for tourists, topped only by Barcelona.
Something that not everyone knows about Sevilla is that it happens to be the birthplace of the famous Spanish Painter Diego Velázquez. If you ask around, you might be able to find the house where he was born. Sevilla´s cathedral also happens to be the final resting place of Christopher Columbus.
Being able to witness so many years of history was just one of the things that made the cathedral my favorite part of seeing Sevilla. Between the other relics kept there, the architecture, and the amazing view from the second highest point in the city (after the new tower hotel) it’s a truly unforgettable experience.
Compared to Cádiz, Sevilla is much more like a city. There are streetcars, more avenues, larger parks and plazas, more tourists, etc. With more tourists, the shopping options are more varied and stores have more competition, so there are plenty of opportunities to find art or souvenirs at good prices.
When you go to Sevilla, you MUST try the food there, especially the fried cod (bacalao frito) and pork tenderloin in whiskey batter. Be sure to see the Cathedral, Plaza España, and the Alcázar. All three are absolutely stunning architectural accomplishments.”
Andrew Sypniewski: Gibraltar
Andrew Sypniewski, from the University of South Carolina, was studying abroad in Cadiz with Centro MundoLengua from May 27h, 2017 until June 25th, 2017.
“Prior to arriving in Gibraltar, I didn’t know what to expect. Everyone kept saying, “oh yeah, it’s just a really big rock,” so I wondered what we were going to do there. Upon our arrival, I learned that the U.K. province is actually home to 30,000 residents. In addition, there are many interesting attractions in Gibraltar. Our group was given the opportunity to explore the caves of St. Michael, which were absolutely tremendous! The ancient caves were a sight hard to describe until you actually see them. Furthermore, Gibraltar offered little monkeys to play with. At first I thought I wouldn’t care about the monkeys at all, but once you see them it’s hard not to take an interest in them because you’re allowed to get as up close and personal with them as you like!”
Jeff Curtin: Morocco
Jeff Curtin, from the University of South Carolina, was studying abroad in Cadiz with Centro MundoLengua from May 27h, 2017 until June 25th, 2017.
“My experience in Morocco was truly incredible. It has been a dream of mine for a long time to visit all six continents and as many countries as possible, so this was an incredible opportunity to both visit Africa and experience Moroccan culture, which was quite different than anything I have previously experienced. One of the first things that I noticed after getting off the ferry was that all of the street signs and advertisements were in Arabic, which was really cool as Arabic is totally different than English, Spanish or any other language that I had previously seen. We took a bus to a city called Tétouan. The ride there was full of stunning views and scenery, we saw some herders tending to their animals, and we rode through several mountains. The top of the mountains were in the clouds which made for some breathtaking backdrops, and we could see green, fertile valleys which was a pleasant change from the burnt plains of Andalusia. Upon arriving in Tétouan, we met up with our local guide who showed us a lot of cool and interesting things. We saw some ovens that were thousands of years old and still in use, and some old mosques that are still being used today. We also went into a small shop full of local Moroccan oils, soaps, perfumes, and spices. One of the guys even gave my roommate a massage! After that, we returned to Tangier to have lunch which was really amazing. The soup was incredibly rich, and had cinnamon in it. At first it seemed peculiar to me to put cinnamon in a soup but it was actually quite tasty. Then we had some goat on a stick, which was my first time trying goat, and I have to say I enjoyed it. After the meal, we had some traditional Moroccan mint tea, which supposedly helps with digestion, it was truly delicious. After lunch we had the opportunity to shop at a traditional Moroccan bazar, and I got some beautiful jewelry for my mom and my girlfriend. To finish our time in Morocco, we all had the chance to ride camels. This might have been my favorite part of the trip because I had never ridden anything before, and it was very cool to interact with such an exotic animal, they were quite friendly! Overall I had an amazing time in Morocco and would highly recommend it to anyone considering going, the food and the camels in particular are “can’t miss.”
Renee Liden: Granada
Renee Linden, from the College of William & Mary, was studying abroad in Cadiz with Centro MundoLengua from May 19th, 2017 until June 25th, 2017.
“Our trip to Granada with MundoLengua was absolutely phenomenal. Although we only had a little more than 24 hours in the city, we spent that time very well. There is no doubt that the best part of our trip was the visit to the Alhambra. It was 97 degrees under a strong sun, but no one was complaining; the magic of the Alhambra made everyone forget the heat. We all enjoyed the marvelous views, the magnificent architecture, and the incredible history. Our amazing guide, Mario, told and explained interesting and informative stories so that we could appreciate the importance of this impressive monument. Thank you to MundoLengua for an unforgettable experience!”