I first arrived in Sevilla at about 2:30pm on the 14th. What I had imagined would happened when we all arrived in Madison (my flight was almost entirely study abroad students) was that our program would greet us, give us a nice little welcome, and then put us all on a bus together and drop us off at our respective homestays. What happened instead was a bit of a culture shock drive by shooting. We were quickly assigned to individual cabs and sent to our homestays immediately. I have to say, that was one of the anxiety-filled cab rides of my life. Making me even more anxious was that I didn’t know when the cab ride was going to end! Any street could have been the street I would be spending the next 4 months of my life. I didn’t know how much time I had to mentally prepare myself nor make my heart beat like a normal person for that matter.
When I arrived, my senora was waiting for me outside the apartment. To be honest, I was very unclear on what was the best way to greet her; handshake, hug, dos besos? I went for the hug. My building doesn’t have an elevator, only a very narrow set of stairs, so you can image the effort that went into lugging my luggage up the stairs. My apartment is very quaint. It consists of three rooms, one bathroom, kitchen, and a living room that also functions as an eating area. To be honest, I was first very surprised at the small size of the apartment, but as I continue to live in it, it does not phase me at all!
The first week in Sevilla consisted of getting to know the city. I live in Triana, a neighborhood of Sevilla. It is right across the river from El Centro, which is considered the heart of Sevilla. Triana is the prefect place to live because it is very lively but its quite as crazy as El Centro. It is a bit of a walk to the University, but I don’t mind it one bit and I couldn’t ask for better scenery!
One thing I have not gotten used to in the lack of heat. It is very common for an apartment to lack central heating because it can sometimes start fires. However, the tiles that cover the floor and walls make it very difficult for the rooms to retain any heat. It is very common for it to be warmer outside than in your house! I may be from Minnesota, but this is stiff competition.
I am obviously very behind in my blogging, but I do intend to catch up! A Luego!