We arrived in Tenerife after long flight delays, and we immediately descended on the towns and beaches around us as the sun began to set.
The next morning, we hiked through mountains near the small town of Santiago del Teide, which was almost quiet but for the sound of chickens clucking. We enjoyed unbelievable views of the island from the top. Afterward, we rode a bus to Playa de la Arena, a beach of crystal blue water and dark volcanic sand. It felt like walking on a stovetop, but we cooled down by swimming out into the open ocean. It is a memory I don’t think I will ever forget.
We flew to Seville after a few days in Tenerife. I was taken aback by the rich culture and liveliness of the city, but not surprised. After all, Spain has been one of my favorite countries on the continent since my trip to Barcelona last semester.
We explored Isla de la Cartuja, the site of the Seville Expo ’92. The futuristic buildings and monuments that had been built for the world fair more than thirty years ago today sit largely abandoned. Overgrown weeds nearly obscured our view of the Cohete Ariane 4, a towering model rocket that stood as a symbol of scientific progress and innovation. There were very few people in that part of Seville, which only added to the eery but undeniably cool effect.
Next, we visited Plaza de España in the Parque de María Luisa. Coincidentally, the plaza was hosting a Porsche exhibition commemorating the 60th anniversary of the 911, so we were surrounded by luxury vehicles. It was an incredible sight.
Throughout our trip, I was stunned by the beauty of Spain. The Spanish people are incredibly welcoming, and I am so glad I had one more chance to explore the country before the end of my study-abroad experience.
To many more trips to Spain!