This post is by Lauren Katz, a journalism and mass communication major at George Washington University. During the spring 2012 semester she is participating in the Communication, New Media and Journalism program at the CIEE Study Center in Seville.
And so it begins: the countdown to when my study abroad experience reaches a bittersweet conclusion. I say bittersweet with many intentions: bitter because I am leaving a lifestyle of relaxation, experiences of new cultures and travels to places I never imagined I’d be in; sweet because I will soon be reunited with my family and friends that have been jealously living vicariously though me for the past four months, and I will be able to explain in greater detail how amazing my abroad experience was.
However, before I go back to the U.S., I am trying to make sure I do everything possible to gain a full Sevillano experience. Everyone knows to visit El Alcázar and La Catedral, but there are some sites and aspects of Sevilla that go beyond the guidebooks. I have created a list of things every student studying abroad in Sevilla should do before he or she departs for home:
1) Go to the top of Las Setas during the day and at night
Setas; Metropol Parasol; Plaza de la Encarnación; that huge thing; every student may have a different name for it, but the breathtaking view of Sevilla from the top is always the same. Being able to see the entire city from such a unique locations is one of my first memories of being here, and since then I have taken everyone who has come to visit me to do the same. Although it’s the same view, the experience is completely different if you go up at night, so I would recommend doing both. There is even a restaurant and bar that provides for an intimate evening in an incredible setting.
2) Go paddleboating on the Guadalquivir River
On the southern end of the river there is a cute little bar right on the water. Besides offering great drinks and tapas, the bar has a paddleboat rental service. Use your student ID for a discount, grab a mojito and start paddling! It’s a great way to see all sides of Sevilla and spend a lazy day in the sun while still getting exercise.