Feliz Día de Independencia!

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Orgullosas para ser americanas! (Proud to be American)

Although we didn’t get to celebrate the Fourth of July in America with fireworks and barbecues, we still got to show our patriotism and represent our true colors with a great beach day! Can’t complain 🙂

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My Friend, Ben

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Very cool seeing one of the biggest tourist attractions in London! This city was one of my favorites because it was the most familiar. They spoke the same language as us which made it 100 times easier to communicate with locals, and it reminded me of being back in the United States…only better. Also, we couldn’t help but quote scenes from Friends, Harry Potter, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and trying to improve our English accents. Talking like them is just too fun!

 

“London, Baby!”

London

It’s sad to say that last weekend was our last big trip of our entire vacation. Things are actually starting to come to an end! With that being said, our last trip ended up being one of the best. I absolutely loved being in London; it was a completely different city than any other place we’ve been to so far. We left Santander Friday afternoon with our passports stamped and a delayed flight…things started off a little hectic. When we got off of the plane into the London airport, I almost couldn’t get through customs because my passport was left in my suitcase, which was waiting for me all the way in baggage claim. However, everything got sorted out and we were ready for an exciting weekend.

With only one full day in London, we decided to do every possibly touristy thing in we could. It was kind of a rainy and gloomy day, but that’s just typical London. We started the day with a double decker bus tour around the city. The bus was hop-on, hop-off, so we could navigate our way around town all day so easily! Getting around London was the easiest by far also because of the tube (subway). We saw Big Ben, the London Eye and Parliament first, followed by the London Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral (where Kate and Will got married), and Buckingham Palace. We ate fish and chips for lunch, and of course, what trip to London would be complete without a cheesy telephone booth picture 😉 Considering half of our group were die-hard Harry Potter fans, we also had to go see Gringott’s Bank, Millenium Bridge (where we pretend we were about to get attacked by death eaters) and King’s Cross. They actually built in a Platform 9 and ¾ in the real King’s Cross Station for us Harry Potter nerds to pretend like were going to Hogwarts! I loved it! My favorite part of the entire trip was going to see the musical, Wicked, with three friends at the Apollo Victoria. It was kind of a spur of a moment thing, but being able to experience that musical for the first time in London was the coolest thing I have ever done. I cried when Alfaba sang “Defying Gravity” (no shame) and the actors spoke in English accents which made it even better!

It was sad leaving London because we all fell in love with the city, but it was also bittersweet because it was our last flight before we leave to go back to the United States! We still have a couple more little trips planned before we leave, such as hiking in Picos de Europa and Pamplona for the Running of the Bulls, but it’s been so much fun taking big trips to new and exciting places with all of your friends. These next two weeks are going to fly by and I don’t want it to end!

You’re a Wizard, Harry.

You're a Wizard, Harry.

Went to the actual King’s Cross and Platform 9 and 3/4! There were also other Harry Potter spots in London we saw, such as Gringott’s Bank and the Millenium Bridge. I didn’t have time to take a picture running through the wall like everyone else but my nerdy Harry Potter desires were fulfilled just being there. I might’ve even bought an Elder Wand too…. 😉

El Día de San Juan

El Día de San Juan

El Día de San Juan is a very traditional and exciting festival in Spain. San Juan is celebrated on the longest day/ shortest day of the year to celebrate the coming of verano (summer). A big hoguera (bonfire) is lit on the beach and everyone writes wishes or sins they want to get rid of on a piece of paper. Then, they throw the paper into the fire and for good luck they jump over the fire (es peligroso!) We opted for swimming in the ocean after throwing our wishes in the hoguera for good luck instead 🙂 It’s so cool to be apart of the cultural festivities, especially the ones I hadn’t even heard of before coming to Spain! This fiesta was quite an experience that I got to share with my study abroad amigos and the rest of Santander.

IceBarcelona

IceBarcelona

Anyone can go to a bar, but not everyone can say they have been to a bar made completely of ice! Here’s everyone sporting the eskimo look for IceBarcelona. It was the perfect way to cool off after a long, hot day of touring the city.

My study abroad adventures in Santander, Spain!