Being Sick While Studying Abroad

It’s about as much fun as it sounds. Being a girl who goes to school only an hour and a half away from home while in the states, I can basically ask my parents to come visit me any time I want. But, having not been sick at school before, I have no idea what […]

Feria de Abril

Feria is a huge week-long celebration in Sevilla (and all over Spain) which began as a livestock fair but grew to become one of the biggest festivals around! Everyone dresses up in flamenco dresses, visits casetas (tents set up in one section of the city) and go on rides. It reminds me of a county […]

Switzerland and the Mountain Hostel

One of the many perks of studying abroad in Seville, Spain is the second spring break we get during the week of Feria which is a festival of April (this year in May). Two friends and I took advantage of this 10 day break to travel to Geneva, Interlaken, Munich, Prague, and Paris. Although all […]

Feria Fashion

  In a strange way, the Feria de Abril preparations at my host mother’s house reminded me a lot of prom season back in the USA; for the month leading up to Sevilles’s famous weeklong celebration, it seemed that there wasn’t a conversation in my house that didn’t revolve around Feria. My host sister pored […]


In all of the research I did for my study abroad, I never once found an article that could have prepared me for being strapped into a carnival ride, in full flamenco regalia, and hurled around in circles all over the city of Sevilla. Either I didn’t do my research correctly, or Feria de Abril […]

No Me Ha Dejado

“No me ha dejado.” This simple phrase meaning “has not left me” is the motto of Sevilla. It is plastered everywhere around the city; from drains to flags, the people here really embrace this expression. I will admit when I first arrived in Spain a mere four months ago, I understood the expression, but I […]

¿Con Brazos o Sin Brazos?

When I decided to study abroad in Spain one of the main things I knew about the culture was the importance of dance. In fact, in many Spanish classes I listened to people give presentations on flamenco. I knew that this style of dance had a few different variations such as flamenco jondo and flamenco […]

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