Today is definitely a bittersweet day for me as the semester comes to an end. My final exams weren’t too bad. They consisted of a ten page paper, multiple presentations, and an open-ended test.
Although now I can celebrate by not having to worry about going back to a single classroom until September, a part of me is a bit sad. With the semester being over, it means that all of the new friends that I’ve made and bonded with in these past four months will split ways tomorrow. Whether they are returning back to the United States or home country, or traveling around Europe a bit more, tomorrow is going to be very bittersweet.
In these past months, I’ve met some amazing people and learned so much about myself and life in general. Being able to learn about the world first-hand and experience a total different culture is truly a blessing. The Catalan culture and way of life will forever be with me.
Although I’m a bit sad that most of my friends are returning home tomorrow, I’m ecstatic that my mom is on her way to visit me! We’ll be reunited tomorrow morning and will begin our journey visiting more cities in Spain. :)
Friends, I’ll be back home sooner than you think! Tonight I am getting together with all of my favorite people for one last time before we all depart. <3
What an amazing weekend in Lagos! A few of my close friends here booked this trip through Discover Excursions months in advance so we couldn’t wait for it to finally come! We flew into Sevilla where we met the directors from Discover and we took 2 coach buses to Lagos! The bus ride was so fun and the trip was filled with tons of fellow Americans abroad. In fact, I bumped into a fellow Rider student on the trip! What a small world!
After settling in our apartment styled hotel rooms, we all walked down to the beach, Praia Dona Ana, where we spent the afternoon soaking up the sun and playing football. I’ve never seen a beach like this before!
After that, we then had dinner at Nah Nah Bah, one of the top 50 best burger joints in the world!! I got the Toucan Burger and it was so good!
On Saturday, we went on a Sangria sailboat cruise and went on to an even smaller boat to sail through the grottos (as seen on my previous post), which are these amazing cliffs in the water. I felt like I’ve only seen things like this only on the internet! It was beautiful to see it with my own eyes!
We then went all the way to Cape St. Vincent to watch the “end of the world” sunset. It’s called that because it is the most southwestern part of Europe, where the Romans considered it a magical place where the sunset was much larger than anywhere else. They believed the sun sank here hissing into the ocean, marking the edge of their world.
Later on that night, my friends and I went out to eat with a few of the directors at a local Portuguese restaurant. I had “Asinha” steak which includes ham, mushroom sauce, and a fried egg over steak with a side of fries and rice. It was my absolute favorite!
After dinner, we all headed out to one of the bars where we met up with the rest of the people in the program. We were able to hang out at the beach and check out the city center all day long the next day before packing up and heading back to Sevilla.
This trip to Lagos has been my most favorite weekend trip all semester. I was with my closest friends, made some awesome new friends, ate good food and saw everything that the city has to offer. Lagos has exceeded my expectations and I really hope I can return in the future!!