As the chilly fingers of December tapped on Seville’s cobblestone streets, I couldn’t help but feel a shiver down my spine—both from the winter chill and the bittersweet realization that my study abroad experience was coming to an end. Along with the Christmas carols echoing through the streets, the city, now adorned in the soft glow of the Christmas lights, seemed to be playing a farewell serenade too, reminding me of my remaining days in Seville. Before I could get too caught up in the melancholic mood, let’s keep it simple and share four highlights that truly transformed my Seville sojourn into an unforgettable adventure.

A Moroccan Magic: Chefchaouen

Imagine stepping into a scene straight out of a mystical fairy tale, where ancient walls adorned with vibrant blue hues cascade down a mountainside, and the air is filled with the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting from cozy homes. That’s Chefchaouen, Morocco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stole my heart with its sheer charm and tranquility.

As we ventured into the labyrinthine streets of Chefchaouen, the warmth of the locals enveloped us like a cozy blanket. Their infectious smiles welcomed us like old friends, their genuine curiosity about our journey fueling our own sense of adventure. With our enthusiastic guide, Larbi, and our enchanting storyteller (Habibi, as we called him), we embarked on a journey through the city’s many layers, learning about its rich history, from its Berber roots to its role as a major trading hub. We walked around the city, haggling with vendors, exploring street markets, and immersing ourselves in a culture that was foreign to us.

Cooking Classes with ICS

Some folks might prefer fine dining, but after three months in Seville, I’d say the true “fun and flavor” of Spanish cuisine lies in the people who share it. If you’re like me, coming from a savory food background, you might find Spanish cuisine a bit mellow, but that’s probably because it’s missing the main ingredient: the warmth of family and friends. To fix that, try adding a splash of Spanish wines, a dash of lively conversation into the mix, and you’ll experience true Spanish cuisine. Hence also the reason why Spaniards love their tapas so much.

One of the highlights of my Spanish adventure was the cooking classes I participated in. Held in a charming Spanish home, the atmosphere was warm and lively. Our passionate Spanish chef welcomed us like family, transforming the kitchen into a culinary haven.

In our classes, we learned the secrets of creating traditional Spanish dishes, from the iconic paella to the refreshing sangria that transported us to the heart of Spain. And when it came time to enjoy our culinary creations, we would all sit down to eat, sharing laughter, stories, and creating truly unforgettable memories. It was more than just a cooking class; it was an immersion into the culture, traditions, and warmth of Spanish hospitality.

Vamos a Viajar: Ronda and the Canary Islands

Spain, especially Seville, is a haven for solo adventurers and those seeking fun with friends. Whether you crave the thrill of exploring on your own or the warmth of shared experiences, Spain has something for everyone. On my solo adventure, I found myself perched high on a cliff overlooking the Guadalquivir River and the town of Ronda enveloped in its embrace. Ah, the town of Ronda, said to have been frequented by Ernest Hemingway, whispered tales of bygone eras. The labyrinthine streets, the ancient architecture, and the stunning views of the river valley were truly captivating to the soul.


Later, I embarked on a journey to the Canary Islands, an island off the coast of Africa. The islands’ diverse landscapes, from lush rainforests teeming with life to black sand beaches that shimmered under the sun, were a feast for the eyes. I had the opportunity to climb Mount Teide, the highest point in Spain and the third tallest active volcano, the summit offering breathtaking views that stretched as far as the eye could see. If you could do it, I would highly recommend hiking at night to see the stars and to ensure the best experience.

Cultural Trips

Let me be honest, History just isn’t my forte, but having traveled to more than four cultural excursions during my Spanish adventure, it ignited a passion I never knew I had. I mean walking into the Alhambra was like stepping into a time machine, allowing me to walk in the footsteps of kings and queens, to touch centuries-old walls that whispered tales of bygone eras, and to feel the echoes of the past reverberating through the stones.

From the majestic Alhambra Palace in Granada, with its intricate architecture and stunning gardens, to the ancient Roman ruins of Italica, where we could almost hear the echoes of gladiatorial battles, we were transported to different periods of history, each one leaving an indelible mark on our minds. It was an immersive experience that transformed history from a mere subject into a tangible reality, connecting us to the past in a way that textbooks could never achieve.

Looking back, my study abroad adventure wasn’t just about ticking off tourist destinations and trying new foods; it was also a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. This experience has opened my eyes to the beauty and diversity of Spain and its people, and it taught me the value of openly embracing new experiences. As I leave Seville, I am confident that I will have a heart filled with warm memories, a head full of knowledge, a stomach satisfied with the flavors of tapas, and a mind more open to the world than ever before. And as I embark on future adventures, I will carry with me the spirit of adventure, the joy of tasting new flavors, and the appreciation for the rich cultural tapestry that is Spain.
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