I know it has been a VERY long time since I have last updated my blog, but I will be continuing it! The problem is that I again have no internet in my home stay and the internet at my school is rather terrible because it always has at least 10 students using the wireless all at once to Skype and e-mail. I’ve currently been in search of a trusty internet café from which to begin delivering more postings.
So as some of you may already know, this semester I am in Seville instead of Madrid. It has been a drastic change and I am only just finding myself settling in. It was a hard adjustment at first because I had returned to Spain, but back to a different place and with none of the same people. I had a hard time relating to the other American students and felt like one in a crowd. The city itself is significantly smaller and calmer than Madrid, which has been nice but sometimes frustrating. Suffice to say I am finding the local haunts and making friends with my fellow students, and it looks like this is going to be a very good semester.
To start you off I am not posting pictures of Seville, but from the ruins of Italica. This is a Roman city that was uncovered not far from Seville. It was the birth place of two emperors of the Roman empire, Trajano and Adriano (I am not sure if they have different names in English). We were taken out there on a group field trip our first weekend and while it was rainy, it was very awing to be in such an ancient and historic site.
This is a mosaic that has been miraculously spared by time. It is in what was most likely the house of a very wealthy man in the city, as mosaics were often constructed by slaves. It depicts several of the Roman gods, after which the days of the week were named (with the exception of Sunday).
A snap shot of the remnants of what used to be the baths.
An old oven.
The coliseum from above. The center there was covered by large panels of wood and would hold lions, or sometimes they would remove the wood and flood the center, in which they would set toy boats afloat and have re-enactments of historic battles.
To give you an idea of the size. The stadium seating was actually another level higher, but over time it fell down.