Today, my dear friend and college roommate Meg is rounding out this summer series by showcasing her favorite thing. I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a peek inside these apartments. I know I have! Thanks for reading. – Jorie
Meg’s Favorite Thing: Framed Photo of Sevilla
Since graduating high school in Philadelphia in 2006 I’ve become somewhat of a gypsy—living in Boston, Virginia, Los Angeles, and—as of yesterday—started my newest adventure in Manhattan. However, one of my absolute favorite times to reflect back on is the semester I spent studying abroad in Spain in Spring 2009.
During my five months in Spain, I was able to travel around quite a bit both within the country and Europe, basically eating and drinking everything in sight and making amazing memories along the way. So I was totally thrilled when as part of my college graduation gift my cousin Caitlin gave me this framed picture of my girlfriends and I in Sevilla, Spain.
In addition to the significant number of cultural differences that I took note of between the U.S. and Spain (older women on park benches chain smoking in their fur coats, men not leaving home without their scarves, and teenage girls with one lonely dread hanging down their backs), one of the most profound distinctions was just how OLD everything in Spain seemed in comparison to the U.S. Not in a dingy, dinky, rundown sort of way, but in a “oh my, this is beyond magnificent” fashion. The city of Sevilla was a prime example of this.
From the moment our group stepped off the train, I repeated over and over again, “I feel like I’m in a fake Disney World village.” There were orange trees everywhere, popping colors, pure WHITE pigeons, and ornately designed buildings originating as far back as the 1100s. The city was so beautiful and I was amazed by the elaborate architecture. I had just never seen anything like this before that wasn’t signed, sealed, and delivered by the Walt Disney Company.
To this day, four years later, Sevilla is one of the top three cities I’ve ever been to. I am so happy to have that framed picture in my bedroom as a reminder of what a magical experience it was.