Who would ever want to leave Cadiz?
So glad I chose to come here, because it’s awesome, and I really could stay the whole time. But, as awesome as it is, one of my goals is to travel a bit around greater Europe.
Trips in the works, thus far:
Italy (Pisa, Cinque Terre, Florence)
Costa de Luz (Various towns along the coast south of Cadiz)
England (London, Blackpool and surroundings [for the British Open])
Now that seems like a lot, but the only “big trips” during while I have school are to Paris next weekend to meet up with some Iotas and old French friends, which I still have a lot to plan for, and to Italy for Semana Santa which is basically Spring Break.
Huelva is a town and province between us and Portugal, and our professor for my History of Contemporary Latin American History class told us we are going to go there for a day for some exhibit they have about something Latin American related. Really don’t know, but hey, it’s a college field trip! Should be a fun trip, and I don’t think there is a ton to do in Huelva so a day should be fine. Not really a trip per se, but I figured I’d add it to the list.
ESN, or the Erasmus student network, is a group at UCA for all the Erasmus kids, which I won’t explain here ad nauseum what that means, but basically they plan trips and parties for the study abroad kids. Kind of like the programs providers a lot of my friends are one, but I only sign up for the trips I want to go one. With them, I plan on going on the trips they have to Granada, Malaga, Cordoba, and the Costa de Luz. They are priced at 50, 40, 20, and 15 Euros respectively! Granada and Malaga are both 2 nights, and Cordoba and the Costa de Luz are day trips. I’m most excited for Cordoba; I have never been and really want to see the Mezquita. The trips are a really good deal and a nice chance to hang out with other Erasmus kids. There is also a trip to Salamanca and to Ibiza, but they are a little too pricey for me, even though they are really a good deal. (I might decide to go on the Ibiza trip still… 275€ for six days on Ibiza… tempting!)
After my time in Cadiz comes to an end, (which it won’t because the end of June is so far away… Let me read this post in June, and my landlord has to drag me kicking and screaming), I have two weeks until the British Open, which is going to be awesome because my Dad and Cindy are coming, and maybe more family, and as of now, I think I will try and WWOOF in Croatia. Google it - it’s really a cool thing! Anyways, I have an intro Croatian course, and am thinking of learning a little while I’m in Cadiz, then spending two weeks on a farm on the Dalmatian Coast practicing my Croatian, and working and living on a farm. This could change as opportunities arise, but for now this is my plan. (The picture below is all you really need to see why I want to go.)
Off to the UK for the Open Championship for the last hurrah before going back home to the states. My cousin Ben won it in 2003, and this year my Dad was able to get off of work and make a vacation of it. This should be a really cool experience that not many people get. I’m excited to see a little bit of England, and one of the greatest sporting events ever. Not to mention the fact that I’ll get to experience it with family. Should be a great culmination to my first long estancia outside of the US!
I want to take a trip in May and in June, but to where I don’t know. That’ll make 4 big trips, one per month more or less, 2 trips after schools out, and 4 trips with ESN around Andalucía. I’m thinking definitely a weekend to Morocco most likely in May. The trip for June is totally to be decided.