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An Afternoon in Sevilla

I was just in sevilla giving a talk to some students beginning their semester abroad. I had been here before, but had really forgotten what a cool town it is. The Spanish love-of-life permeates this city and the streets are flowing with people of all ages at all hours.

A river cuts through the middle of town, and after my requisite siesta, I went for a run at about 8pm. That's when it seemed the city was just waking up. The path was packed with locals out for a stroll, young triathletes running in their cycling bibs, youngsters learning how to ride their bikes, picnic-ers snacking along the river shore, fisherman hoping to pull something of value out of the green water, and all sorts of casual joggers which gives evidence to how these people remain so fit. The Italian women don't eat carbs and the men are fat. The French just smoke and don't eat. The Spaniards are always eating and always exercising. The river was even full with kayakers and skull crews.

I ran past two middle school couples--one pair necking. literally. It was something I had never seen before. and the other pair--not knowing what to do on their end--were filling the awkward moments and confused energy with tossing acorns at the more intimate couple.

The streets are confusing, dense and twisty, and I love them! Everything about this place spoke to a more relaxed pace of life including the e1 sandwich specials I dove in to with my new friends after my talk. Someday I want to come back to Spain and do a tour that mimics this meandering way of doing things. Til then, I'll be on the move everyday.

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Crystal Cascante, University of Florida

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I've been in Europe since the beginning of January and have traveled every weekend. This Easter Weekend was by far the best one. The hostel was perfect and super convenient, I made a ton of new friends, and our guides (Andy, Rhianne, and Elena) made sure we saw absolutely everything in the city. The meals included were all absolutely delicious, and Andy even brought snacks every once in a while to hold us over in between meals. We were given our Easter Mass tickets the night before and strategically planned to be in the front for mass. We followed Andy's suggestions and got to sit in the very front for Mass. The wait was worth it and so was every cent of the trip's cost. I barely spent any of my own money, just on transportation to and from the airport, gelato, and food on my last day there. I would 100% recommend this company to all of my friends!

Crystal Cascante, University of Florida ~ AIFS London, Spring 2016

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