Wow so much has happened since my last post. But those who know me shouldn’t be surprised by the fact that I couldn’t commit to something consistently. O well. I will just try to summarize what I have done since my last post and will put up another one soon detailing my thoughts a little more.
Well for starters, on September 29th I fulfilled a dream of mine by getting to see FC Barcelona play live!!!! It was an absolutely incredible and electric experience even though I was in the opposing stadium. The game was played right down the street from me at Sevilla FC’s stadium. The whole atmosphere leading up to the game was incredible! There was a large group of fans right outside the stadium chanting like the Orc army being addressed by Saruman at Isenguard(for all my Lord of the Rings fans out there)! I actually like Sevilla FC but I am a Barcelona fan first and foremost. I cheered for Barcelona in a subdued fashion as I didn’t feel like getting stabbed by angry Sevilla fans, though in hindsight I would have been fine. Barcelona, on the whole, didn’t actually play that well and were down 2-0 early in the second half, but after Fabregas scored their first goal in the 53rd minute, they got control of the game. Fabregas scored again in the 88th minute and David Villa, who had come on as a substitute, scored the winning goal in stoppage time to secure the win! However, the win came with an asterisk as Fabregas got Gary Medel sent off with a red card on an obvious flop. While certainly unfortunate, not much could bring down my high of getting to see Lionel Messi play in person! Although he did not score, he was involved in every goal.
On the weekend of October 6th I went on two day trips. The first was through the University to the Pueblos Blancos, or White Villages. We started with a 2 Km hike to the town of Ubrique(pictured above). Ubrique is a picturesque little town nestled in the rocky peaks of the Sierra Nevada and is apparently well known for leather. This is the town I think of when I think of Spain; white washed homes, little old ladies sitting out chatting, and a small wedding in the town chapel. Absolutely beautiful place. A truly Spanish experience. Then we got on the charter bus to go to the next town after lunch, and on one of the turns…..we got stuck. I kid you not, I got a LITTLE BIT concerned when we were told to all sit on one side of the bus. When they told us to get off, I didn’t think twice about it. But we were fine, and after backing up traffic for fifteen minutes, we eventually went on our way to the next town known as Zahara de la Sierra. The town is built on the side of a mountain with a small castle on top and overlooks and beautiful valley with a perfectly blue lake. The view was absolutely stunning! Here it is:
That day was quite a hike, but it was a lot of fun! The next day, I went to Cordoba with my friends and had a great time! The group is from TCU and they have been an answered prayer for me so far! There isn’t that much to see in Cordoba other than the Mezquita, which is a beautiful mosque that was converted into a Catholic church. The Christian conquerors thought the architecture was too beautiful to destroy, so they used it! It is really neat to me because the architecture is Muslim and then suddenly, BAM, church out of nowhere. I don’t enjoy visiting Cathedrals too much but this one was definitely different.
Last but not least, this past weekend I went to Barcelona and Madrid. I was going by myself, as my new group of friends from TCU had already been, and I had a long weekend, so why not? During my preparations, I discovered my friend Abigail Scheid and her group from Furman were going to Barcelona the same weekend! She has been studying in Madrid this semester and we were going to be in Barcelona and Madrid at the same times! So the first night I got there, I met up with her and her(now my) friends and spent the evening with them. The next day, while their group was busy touring, I went to see the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, both of which were designed by Gaudi. I did not actually go into the Sagrada Familia until the next day, but I will go ahead and say the inside is absolutely incredible! By far the most beautiful cathedral I have ever visited. I could say more but for the sake of time I will move on. The other highlight of my time there was going to tour the Camp Nou, FC Barcelona’s stadium. That was a truly awesome experience. As part of the tour you get to see the stadium, museum, press box, and you get to walk down the player’s tunnel by which the team enters the field. Such a cool experience! After two full days in Barcelona, I took the train to Madrid! Abigail’s schedule was pretty much the same as mine, as she and her group flew back the same day. My first half day in Madrid, I walked around on my own and saw the sights, and walked through the park! Madrid is a much more beautiful city than I expected it to be. The next day I toured the Royal Palace, and in the afternoon I went to the Reina Sofia and Prado galleries with Elise, a new friend from Furman! Elise is a studio art major and could actually appreciate the art in the museums, so she was basically my tour guide. I have to say, this was the only time I have ever been to an art museum and not been bored out of my mind! She helped make the exhibits, particularly the 20th century exhibits, very interesting to me. The last night I spent hanging out with Abigail, and we got to have a great Jesus conversation, which I desperately needed! Hearing her testimony and knowing that she was struggling with the same things I was struggling with this semester really refreshed me in a lot of ways. But I will talk about that more in my next post.
So in all, my travels have gone well. But I am definitely getting really homesick(well, PC sick). I have my midterms coming up and I really could care less to be honest. My classes aren’t that great(save a couple exceptions), and the things I have to do for some of my midterms have more to do with memory work than really understanding(at least that is how I see it). But more on all of these things in my next post!
Please be praying for motivation and that I can actually get my work done!!!! I really need it ha ha