Estamos disfrutando en el marvailloso pueblo de Marbella en la Costa del Sol en la region de Andalusia. El jueves, hemos llegado a Sevilla, donde originó el baile de Flamenco y la tradicion de la corrida de torros. El viernes, fuimos a la Plaza del Toros, y aprendimos de la historia fasinante de esa tradición. Tambien, vistamos la catedral La Giralda, cuyo diseño es impresionante. Despues de un almuerzo típico de España, visitamos el Alcázar, el palacio royal. Isabel comentó que ese palacio es su lugar favorito que ha visto en su vida. Cuando fuimos al barrio judío, Alexa D, Camille y Emma difrutaron unos helados riquísimos. Durante una cena impecable, Monica exclamó que Sevilla tiene la comida las mas rica en el mundo. Sophie, Brianna y Jordyn decubraron un lugar muy lindo en una plaza para comer.
Hello from the beachside town of Marbella! We have been having the most incredible time in the beautiful Andalusia, the famous southern region of Spain. On Thursday night we arrived in Sevilla, the original home of bullfighting and flamenco dancing. It is difficult to express the enchantment of Sevilla; it is one of the most quintessentially “Spanish” cities, comprised of narrow twisting roads, singing men, tiny tapas restaurants, and the music of guitars. On Friday morning we woke up and went to El Plaza del Toros, which is one of the oldest bullrings in the world. We got a tour of the ring and learned about its history, which we all found fascinating. Next we walked to the centre of town and got our first glimpses of La Giralda, the cathedral located in the middle of the city. It is the third largest cathedral in the world and its intricate design is incredibly renown. After grabbing lunch we went on a tour of La Giralda, and climbed up the tower where we got to see an incredible view of Sevilla. After La Giralda, we went to the Álcazar, Sevilla’s royal palace. The palace was originally owned by the Moors, which is the reason for its Arabian-feel. It has thousands of hand painted tiles. mosaic ceilings, live peacocks, hidden fountains and well-kept gardens; some of our trip members stated that it felt like a present day Garden of Eden. Isabel said “This is the most beautiful place that I’ve ever been”. Next we explored Barrio Santa Cruz, the old Jewish quarter in Sevilla. Alexa D., Camille and Emma enjoyed some cool gelato in the heat of the Spanish sun. That night we headed to Alameda for dinner, an area of Sevilla that features a giant plaza filled with restaurants and musicians. Monica exclaimed “Sevilla honestly has the greatest food in the world”. Sophie, Brianna and Jordyn discovered an awesome spot right on the plaza where they ended up receiving a free dish! Everyone utilized their new Spanish skills to order…we’re so proud of their progress thus far.
The next morning we drove to the beautiful Marbella! On the bus ride Caroline W., Caroline C. and Julia helped one of our Trip Leaders create a fun “Would You Rather?” game to play later in the trip. We arrived at our hotel, showered and dispersed to eat dinner in groups on the beach. We watched the sun set over the water and played the game that the girls invented earlier in the day. Currently, the trip members are experiencing their first class in Marbella, and later we are heading over to the beach!
Nos estamos divirtiendo mucho en esta gran aventura, y no podemos esperar a crear mas recuerdos con los chicos!