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Buenos días 🌞 where do you wish you were right now?

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más de feria.

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I miss those cotton candy skies. And my dress. Quizá me lo voy a poner when the nostalgia becomes stronger and harder. 💃🏻

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I taught English in Spain this summer for two weeks in Barcelona. After those two weeks, I visited my host family in Sevilla for another 2 weeks (I'm still shocked they allowed me to stay there for two weeks..I can get annoying! Gracias por acogerme de nuevo. Ha!). I remember capturing this picture of La Giralda as I was getting lost in the city one very hot afternoon. I felt like this second time around in Sevilla, I knew my whereabouts better since I usually explored Sevilla alone (unlike the first time, where I had fellow study abroad students and professors exploring with me), but at the same time, I felt really lost since I always ended up discovering a new place that I never knew existed in one of my favorite cities. I remember finding a really cool vegan place on a street that I've never even walked on before, until that day. So I realized that sometimes being lost isn't the worst idea. I weirdly like my space but I also weirdly need people. This second trip to Sevilla was a good mix of both. It strengthened my independence but also reminded me that one day I'll have a person, or people, to travel with! If you haven't been to Seville, I highly recommend visiting this city.

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The one thing that caught my eye about Andalusia when I was taking a history of Spain class during my undergrad was the fact that it was a place that was multi-cultural. And when I say multi-cultural, that entails many things. Back then in this area, there was a time when people of different faiths came together and showed tolerance to one another, and from this act of tolerance, a beautiful city like Sevilla, was made. La Giralda, a tower that was used in ancient mosques, is special to me because it reminds me that there can still be mutual respect between different human beings despite our religious differences. It connects to La Catedral, a place where people of the Catholic faith, attend. It's a beautiful sight that can remind all of us that the past can be repeated again, and I say this in a positive connotation. At the end of the day, we're all human beings that should love and respect one another.

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This picture reminds me of 3 words: don't lose wonder. Let me explain. When I first visited this city during orientation week, my mind was blown. Who sees horse carriage rides every single day throughout a very old city? Who sees the Cathedral of Seville every day and sees the black birds flying in a consistent halo formation over the Giralda when you pass it? It's a breathtaking view that brings you back in time. Since I was going to school here, I'd walk past this every day. It felt cool feeling like I was not a tourist anymore and more like a sevillana, but I was annoyed at myself that I began to less and less appreciate the beauty of this city since I was used to seeing it every day. Thankfully when I came back this summer, my big touristy heart exploded all over again as if I had visited this city for the first time. I was reminded of how blessed I was that I got to walk in this city every day for a whole semester. Even to this day I have to constantly remind myself not to lose my wonder.

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I remember the first few days of living here, and I was legit terrified. Fear of the unknown tends to be my biggest anxiety-trigger. One of the first few days of orientation, my group and I visited this magical place and we all took group pictures and got to know one another. I'm weird with relationships in that I don't like forced friendships. Even though I'm super friendly, I still fear inauthenticity in friendships. I'm thankful for those first few days, especially when we visited here, when we all got to know one another. My fears started to drift, and I realized that particular fear of mine could hinder the authenticity I was missing out on. I'm so glad I remained true to myself by opening up to others, because to this day I still keep in touch with some of those people. I'm thankful for those friendships I made while I was there. I needed some English once in a while, haha! If any of you are reading this, thanks for making my last semester of my undergrad a memorable one.

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To this day, I still can't believe I lived in such an ancient city in which, despite the lack of modernistic renovation of the city in places where it is sometimes needed, this city remains just as beautiful as it was years ago. This city could also never become ugly because of its tender-hearted and open people. This picture in particular reminds me of how I blessed I am that I was able to live in such a historic place where I had the chance to meet and then call a second family my own (my host family) and a place where I re-visited my passions concerning my love for other cultures, and especially the Spanish language. I love you, Sevilla.

Sevilla tiene un color especial...💃🏻🍸🎡 #outfit #sevilla #feriadeabril #brunette #photography

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