After a five-hour drive, a sleepless eight-hour flight, a rush through the subway (hauling our luggage through the underground), and then a two-hour train ride, 21 sleep-deprived and jet-lagged students finally arrived in Seville. Getting here was a roller-coaster but we finally made it, and Sevilla welcomed us with open arms.
The city of Sevilla lies in the southern region of Spain, in the region of Andalucía. It is the fourth largest city in Spain with a population of over 700,000 people. It is a city filled with culture, diversity, and history—so much history. Currently, we are living in the same neighborhood as the man that first discovered America! Okay, so actually Columbus discovered America, and technically the Native Americans discovered it before that, but we’re in the neighborhood of the man that first spotted land in Columbus’s voyage.
There are many ancient buildings in Sevilla, many of which are older than the United States! The buildings include cathedrals, palaces, and a library of all the official documents of Columbus’s (and then Spain’s) voyages to the Americas. The amount of history within these monuments is truly amazing. The city is packed with culture.
Since arriving, I’ve burned an adaptor, a power strip, and a phone charger (all which make no sense, because none of them had power surging through them and have built-in transformers). But besides that Sevilla has been lovely. The weather is beautiful, the city is gorgeous, and the people are not as rude as one would expect from a big city. All in all, Sevilla has given us a wonderful welcome making us look forward to the next three and a half months.
Check out some of our photos of downtown Sevilla, and one of its major tourist attractions La Plaza de España: