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Last Friday, we went to the Seville Cathedral with ICS, and I was awestruck by the incredible architecture, size, and beauty on both the inside and the outside of the building. As soon as the tour ended, some friends and I hailed a cab and went directly to the airport to leave for Ibiza! Even with lightning splitting the sky half the time we were there and many of the Cafés, restaurants and nightclubs closed for the season we still had a blast!   We watched athletes from all over Europe compete in a triathlon, we cooked delicious pasta and pizza from the supermarket, we walked along the beach and swam in the cold Mediterranean water, we explored the Castle of Ibiza and watched the most beautiful sunset over the mountains and ocean.  

On Saturday night I met an extremely nice couple from Holland named Manon and Melvin, and they invited my friend Eli and to go dancing with them! The next morning, Manon and Melvin showed us all around the island, and we hiked on a beautiful mountain, played foosball in a café while watching an impressive soccer game happening right outside, and walked all along a coastal area of Ibiza that had cliff jumping spots and beautiful waters. It was very sad when they dropped us off at Ibiza’s airport, but we promised to keep in touch and to visit each other’s respective countries!

On Wednesday of the next week (Halloween), my roommate Mackenzie and I and our friend Allison decided last-minute to take a trip to Barcelona for the four-day weekend. We went to the Halloween party at ICS that evening, but instead of going out dancing after I decided to get a few hours of sleep at home as we had to leave for the airport at 4 AM! On the first day in Barcelona we walked over 20 miles with our new friend Frances who was staying in our hostel, and we hiked up to the top of Parc de Montjuic where we were greeted with amazing views of the city, hills, ocean, and boat harbor. We woke up early the next morning and watched the sun rise over the city from the terrace on the top floor of the hostel, and then we went to stand in line at the Pablo Picasso museum which we got into for FREE with our student ID cards! We spent about three hours in the museum and then went to the aquarium for a few hours, ending the night with some delicious food at an Arab restaurant. On our final day in Barcelona we walked along La Rambla, a bustling street filled with food venders, artists, and of course lots of tourists. In the evening we went to La Sagrada Familia, an incredible Roman Catholic church that is still under construction even though construction began in 1882! After seeing the incredible architecture and beauty of the stained glass and sculptures of the Sagrada, we went to see an hour-long lights show at the Montjuic fountain. We again left for the airport at 4 in the morning, this time heading back home to our beloved Seville. After traveling to two different places in Spain in under a week it’s safe to say that I slept almost the entirety of Sunday! What a fantastic two weekends spent in Spain—my only wish is to have even more time here to travel!