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First Week in Càdiz
by Student, Asha H. , Kansas City, MO

¡Bienvenidos! First week was a success!! Cádiz is so incredible as the week went on, I
just fell more in love with the people, food, and the beauty of everything. I love how
everyone here is so close to one another, you can walk everywhere, and just the whole
vibe in general. As you (reader) are following me on my journey via your electronic
devices, let me try and break down my week for you. I must warn you, however, if I told
you everything and every experience I had we would be here for days. I guess you’ll just
have to come to Cádiz and experience this incredible place for yourself. And here we


If you are looking at your calendar right now and or just know that it’s July; then you
can guess what that means for us Americans. That’s right, Happy Independence Day
America it’s the 4th of July!!! Although being in America to celebrate the 4th of July may
sound ideal, don’t worry. Whether I am there or in Spain, I will always find a way to
celebrate! Honestly, my day was so much fun and better yet, I got to enjoy it with the
rest of my friends. Whereas the rest of the time I try and blend in with the crowd and
seem as though I’m not just some tourist, today I embraced my “Americanness” like no
other. Of course, my outfit was red, white, and a denim skirt (like the colors of our flag).
One of the main highlights of my day was my first photography class! I’ve taken
photography for a little over two years at my school and just bought a new Canon
camera! We went all over Cádiz admiring the architecture and all of the beautiful
colors of the buildings (pinks, purples, greens). On top, the weather was perfect and I
had so much fun. Just for that hour, I think I took over 150 pictures! Below are just two of
the many I took. ¡Qué bonito!
 accomodations in Càdiz
accomodations in Càdiz

After my photo class, we had typical American food for dinner-hamburgers and fries.
Our crazy, fun group was so loud I’m pretty sure everyone around us immediately knew
we were Americans haha. Oh well! We ended the night by going to the beach at midnight
and listening to music while eating “American” candy (Reese’s, jelly beans, and
whatever else we found in the “American store” in Spain. Like I said “American” haha.
Anyways, you could say it was a day very well spent- “lleno de orgullo” (full of pride)!


“ Vamos a la playa a mi me gusta bailar”! Haha sorry, I just had to :). Can we just stop for
a minute and take in these breathtaking pictures? I mean… wow! Drop dead gorgeous
Am I right?! All of taken by yours truly:). We went to Bolonia, a little over an hour away
from Cádiz. The bus ride was chill, aka an hour of me sleeping. Before we went to the
beach, we actually went to the archaeological site (cash only) and learned about the history
and ruins of the city. Don’t get me wrong, those were still very cool to learn about but
let’s be honest, the beach wins!

Garden in Càdiz
window overseeing the beach in Càdiz

A view from the top! Simply breathtaking! The whites from the building with the contrast
of the many blues of the water were incredible!

Càdiz beaches

As you can see, the beach is… well… just stunning. The weather was perfect and the day
couldn’t get any better. Everyone was out with their families and dogs I just loved it! Not
having any beaches in Kansas City I am very jealous of the people who live near one. As I
mentioned above, the water was many shades of blue all the way from a teal to almost a
navy (as you went further out). When there is a beach, you know there are shells- my
favorite! I collected so many I didn’t have any more room in my hands they were all
beginning to fall. I recommend that you (or your host family makes you) “un bocadillo”
(sandwich) to take with you. My host mom Isabel made me one with ham and cheese as
well as some fruit and a juice box. A perfect picnic!

Càdiz beaches

I love having photoshoots everywhere I go! We played some beach volleyball, tanned, and swam in the water
(which was so refreshing after practically baking in the sun! Make sure you apply
sunscreen, trust me). One difference from the beaches here versus the ones in America
is that this was a nude beach. Everyone here is very open and comfortable in their own
skin. I never wanted to leave! However, once doing so I just hung out at home with
Isabel. We watched X factor until 1:30am!:) It was so fun hearing the artists sing in both
Spanish and English and how they compare to each other. It’s the little moments like
these- spending time with my host mom that I will never forget.


It’s Friday everyone’s favorite day! I had my first Spanish class today. Our group was
separated into two groups depending on your level of Spanish. We went to the market(I
really want to return I didn’t get to spend near as much time here as I wanted) and
conversed with the locals. I will admit, this was a little bit intimidating at first because
we had to walk up to strangers and ask them questions in Spanish. Some of the people
were very friendly and loved helping us, but others not so much (probably thought we
were crazy tourists). Anyhow, there were hundreds of flowers, food, and people selling
trinkets. I would say the coolest thing I learned while conversing with the local people is
that most of them have lived in Cádiz their entire life. One guy has lived here for seventy
years! Additionally, their favorite part of Cádiz is the market. The people there and just
the interactions they have with other people are what make the town very close-knit and
worth waking up everyday to go to work. That’s what I love about here, everyone
genuinely seems happier and they all love what they do.

bulldog in Càdiz
This little guy is the cutest!! We saw a ton of dogs awww my heart!! So precious!

After the market, we all took a bus tour of Cádiz. While walking everywhere definitely
gives you the opportunity to know the area, the tour was really nice in terms of learning
some history and other viewpoints that are a must. We sat on a double-decker bus and
enjoyed everything from there. When is the weather not perfect?! Kansas City needs to
step up its game!! Anyhow, this was just an overview of my week and I can’t wait to
continue my adventures!

Plaza de San Antonio Càdiz

Okay so really quick, there are hundred of “plazas” here. This one is “Plaza de San
Antonio”. All of the kids were playing fútbol and I just had to stop and take a picture.
Instead of sitting on your phone inside your house, (as many people do in America (okay
I am a little guilty of this)) everyone is outside playing soccer and enjoying the fresh air I
love it! Thanks for joining me once again on my journey! I can’t wait to share with you
whatever comes next! Until then, ¡adiós amigos!

streets of Càdiz

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