Celebrating Thanksgiving Weekend in Sevilla

 

We crammed 45 or so Spaniards and Americans into one flat in to share the tradition of Thanksgiving with one another. I should have mentally prepared myself for all of the food…better yet, I dove in and ate like it was my last meal. I haven’t been around so many English-speaking people since my arrival in Spain, so it was weird adjusting the other way around.

Sevilla itself was nothing short of an amazing city. I loved the small town feel to it, even though it’s the biggest city in Andalucía and the financial, artistic and cultural capital. In Algeciras we joke that we’ve never seen so many elderly people or baby strollers in our entire life, so being in a city full of young people again was energizing.

Our first day, we walked around to get a feel of the city after some tapas, stopping by the medieval wall, Parque Maria Louisa, the beautiful Plaza España, and more. Day two was our Thanksgiving feast that more or less left us in a food coma and useless, day three we saw the awe-inspiring Catedral (the third largest in the world!), Giralda (bell tower with a 360 degree panoramic view of the city), Triana (a neighborhood across the Guadalquivir River), Plaza de Torros (bull-fighting stadium), the city center and everything in between. Day 4 we grudgingly left this beautiful city behind…

Giving Thanks.

 

¡Feliz día de Acción de Gracias! This year I have a lot to be thankful for, and being thousands of miles away from home has only accentuated for whom or what I am grateful. It’s strange waking up on Thanksgiving Day, one of the most cherished American holidays, and pretending it is just a regular day. A trip to the biggest supermarket in Algeciras proved unsuccessful in providing any turkey-day essentials, so for my first time in, well, ever, I won’t be gorging myself on this fourth Thursday of November, watching football, drinking wine and playing Bunco with the fam. Nonetheless, it’s raining today in the South of Spain, so in some odd way I feel almost at home…as if God brought me a little piece of Seattle to repel any homesickness. :)

Being away from friends and family on this day has only made me love and appreciate you more. Thank you for touching my life someway, somehow.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Cádiz

Cadiz, Spain

Cadiz, Spain

On Tuesday, my host mom offered to take the other aupairs and I to Cádiz for the morning. She had a quick work meeting, and we had freetime, so we all hopped in the car for the hour or so drive through the Andalusian countryside. We winded up and down the rolling hills until we were at sea-level, passing through Tarifa (a popular beach town and a kite-surfers paradise) and continued on until we reached our destination.

Cádiz is, like Algeciras, a port city. It is also the most ancient continuously inhabited city of Western Europe and is the capital of the Cádiz Province, which I live in. As for more fun facts, it was also the place where the beach scene of the James Bond Die Another Day movie w/ Halle Berry was filmed, and it boasts a world-renowned Carnavale celebration only second-best to Rio de Janeiro’s!

Cádiz has two parts, the old city and the modern city, divided by a stone wall (called Las Puertas de Tierra) complete with cannons. We spent our short time there exploring the old city, characterized by narrow cobblestone streets connecting larger plazas dotted with churches and cafes, while the modern city has wide streets and, of course, contemporary architecture.

The few pics above are of the Plaza de la Catedral, the waterfront and the aforementioned narrow streets in old town.

Since our stay was only a short one, we’ll definitely be back for Carnavale :)