University of Wisconsin–Madison

Travels

These two months that I have been in Spain, I have been fortunate enough to travel all over Spain and to 3 different countries! Since, it would take me a long time to describe all of them, I’m just to talk about the trips that I took during September! One weekend, my school, CEGRI, took us on a hiking trip to La Alpujarra. It was definitely an exhausting weekend, but the views of 1mountains and the sea were breathtaking! We also visited adorable mountain towns where I only saw about 10 people in total. I definitely now know what isolation is, but it was a beautiful type of isolation. For dinner, I even ate rabbit! It did taste like chicken, but they left the head on it, so it was really hard to get over that. They weren’t ruined by modern society yet. I don’t think my calves have been so sore before!

The next weekend I traveled to Lagos, Portugal with an agency called Discover Excursions. We paid them 195 euros and then they took care of all the transportation and housing. Also, they offered excursions we could do for an additional fee. There was a sangria cruise with a tour of the sea caves, kayaking, and surf lessons. I did the sangria cruise and kayaking, and they both were awesome! I highly recommend Lagos to everyone!

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From September 26th to October 4th, we have a week of vacations, so my friends and I went to Athens and Santorini in Greece. They both were crazy experiences! Seeing the Acropolis was amazing, and I had goosebumps the entire time I was up there because I couldn’t believe that I was actually there. However, Athens was nothing like I thought it was going to be. Its definitely more of a big city feel. Next, we took a 8 hour ferry ride to Santorini and there was a night and day difference between Athens and Santorini. I don’t think I have been to anywhere so beautiful. We stayed in a hostel right on the beach, and the beach was black! We visited Fira and Oia, the two cities with all the white houses and blue tops. It was so beautiful. Also, we took a tour to the volcano, and the views from there were also breathtaking! On the way back to Granada, we had to travel for 32 hours. I will never ever do that again, but it was totally worth it! I will definitely be visiting Santorini again in my lifetime!

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