In Their Words
  • In Sevilla there are two soccer teams, Sevilla and Real Betis, with a big rivalry between the two. Today was the soccer derby between the two. My host sisters and I watched the game over dinner, with each sister rooting for a different team. They explained to me the difference of the two teams and this is my impression of the two teams based on that information: Sevilla is a high performing team with intense fans. They are used to winning and feeling successful. Real Betis is a type of meme, underdog team. They don’t have a great record, but the fans are excited and supportive whether they win or lose. When someone messes up it’s a joke for someone to say that it is a “Betis goal”. When picking between the two, the logical choice would be Sevilla. In the Premier League I’m a Liverpool fan, also successful and...
  • While in Barcelona, we went on a walk to explore some parks and landmarks. Close to our AirBnB there was a large park. At first we were merely going to walk through the park, but noticed it was much larger and interesting and decided to explore. In the middle of the park was a very impressive fountain and around it was music playing and people dancing. On our walk we stumbled upon a large church. Outside there was a large crowd listening to a band playing music and watching a group of elderly people dancing in front of the band. Off to the side there was a type of flea market/tag sale situation going on. There was a wide range of things being sold from the stands, from religious memorabilia to binoculars to car models to postcards. Upon entering the church I realized it was even larger than I had...
  • In Barcelona we signed up for a Haunted Walking Tour for Halloween. This tour was not at all what we expected. Instead of myths and legends, it included mostly real and tragic stories. One building we visited had been owned by a woman who was called the “Vampire.” She lived in the district filled with desperate people who resorted to things like prostitution to get by and survive. Her house was investigated when there were screams heard from outside. Inside they found there were sick and frail children because she was draining them of their blood in order to sell pints for personal profit. We learned a lot about the tragedies of deaths and suffering based on religions. People were told that they had to either change their religion or leave. Naturally it is difficult to just pick up and leave your whole life behind and start new, so many...
  • My host family’s apartment is right by the Guadalquivir river. Everyday I walk across the bridge on my commute to class and looking over the water there are almost always people kayaking or paddle boarding. Every once in a while you can see larger ships docked on the side of the river. Only once was I able to spot a fish when looking over the bridge railing, but it was a pretty large size fish. The side across from our apartment has a long boardwalk with many restaurants and bars. There is even a pop up gym right by the water. The gym is in the form of a cube shaped storage unit that opens us, containing an assortment of bars, weights, and other equipment. The boardwalk is perfect for a place to run, a perfect two mile distance back and forth on the main boardwalk area. The majority of...
  • The cars in Spain all tend to look very similar, much smaller and more compact than most cars we see in the United States. I’m not a huge fan of them, especially since I love being able to spot cool cars with all different builds and colors. There are many bikes on the road, and they often ride in between lanes and will gather at the front of all the cars at stop lights. In Sevilla, there are often horse carriages on the roads as they give rides mainly around the Maria Luisa park and the throughout the city center. There are bike lanes all over the city, filled with electric scooters and bikes of all kinds. Everyday you can spot a businessman in a full suit riding a scooter to work. It’s common to see a couple riding a scooter together, the person in the back hanging onto the...

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