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A Tale of Two Cities

 Gibraltar

With tired eyes and bocadillos in hand, we embarked on our journey to Gibraltar early in the morning. After our long bus ride, we finally filed off the bus with groggy grunts that quickly turned to “oohs” and “aws” as we caught sight of the famous rock of Gibraltar.

Darinelle J. Merced-Calderon - GrupoWe first viewed the ocean from a viewing point at the base of the rock. We could see the foggy mountains of Northern Africa to our left and an Andalusian town to our right. With the British flag waving high over our heads it felt as if we were in three places at once. The cool wind blew with a ferocity that I wish the warm air in Granada had.

We proceeded to make our way up the rock via a bus tour. The views from atop the rock were impressive. However, even more impressive were the wild monkeys freely roaming around tourists. The monkeys perched themselves on the street, on trash cans, and on fences.

Once the bus tour around the rock of Gibraltar ended, we were allotted free time. My friends and I ate the stereotypical British lunch; fish and chips. After consuming our delicious meals and relishing our waitress’ English accent, we walked around the town and shopped. As we all boarded back onto our bus, we collectively sighed, wishing we could spend just one more day in beautiful Gibraltar. – Darinelle Merced- Calderon

Cadiz

Jemma Baus - Ba+¦oAs we left Gibraltar and started our voyage to Cádiz, the excitement grew as we began to see la playa. Within five minutes of arriving to Cádiz, we all grabbed our beach necessities and ran to the ocean.  That night we all went out to dinner on the beach and marveled at the beautiful sun setting on the ocean. We later walked around town and got a feel for the life in Cádiz.

When we awoke, we went to visit the world famous watchtower, Torre Tavira. In the watchtower, we came across a “camera obscura”, which is a mirror that reflects LIVE images of the city on to a curved canvas. This was one of the most interesting contraptions I have ever come across. After, we climbed some stairs to the top of the tower and looked at a panoramic view of the town. The view was breathtaking. After the tour, once again, we all ran to the beach to enjoy the sun and refreshing water from the Atlantic Ocean. This excursion to Cádiz was a great time to sit and enjoy the sun while reminiscing on all the fun times our group has had together. – Jemma Baus

– The above blog post and photos were contributed by Jemma and Darinelle, who studied abroad with ISA High School in Granada, Spain during the summer of 2015. While abroad in Granada, Jemma and Darinelle had the opportunity to travel with their group on the weekends to destinations such as Gibraltar and Cadiz.

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