I’ve left Rome behind me and am now enjoying sunny Seville!
After a series of flight delays on Thursday, we finally made it to our “campus” at around midnight. We got settled and eventually crashed before waking up early for orientation. Following the presentation on rules and guidelines for the next five weeks, we split into groups to visit our academic service learning sites. The Spanish class that I am enrolled in allows me to go to a local high school and help teach the students there English. In Rome, the academic service learning that I partook in was at a local soup kitchen and while it was a great experience, I’m much more excited to have this opportunity at the high school.
Today, we went on a walking tour around Seville and to the historical center of the city. To be completely honest, I had relatively low expectations of Spain but fell in love with the blue skies, sunshine, and warm weather!
So how does Seville measure up against Rome? Here are some observations so far:
The weather is much nicer!
Spanish food is less vegetarian friendly.
Our location in Seville isn’t as great as our location was in Rome.
Despite our location, our rooms are good and we have private bathrooms.
The city is more drive-able than Rome.
The cars are bigger.
The helado isn’t as good as gelato.
Clothes, shoes, etc. are less expensive.
Less people speak English.
Unlike in Rome, it’s not uncommon to see people run/jog and ride bikes.
The service learning opportunity is more interesting.
The people are more laid back.