Hey friends! I’m currently writing to you from one of my favorite coffee shops here in Sevilla… If you ever are in the area, check out Caótica. It’s right by Las Setas – the first floor is a cafeteria where you can enjoy a coffee, a glass of wine, or snack (the best carrot cake you will ever put in your mouth). There are three more floors above fully stocked with books, mostly in Spanish and some English. Plus, they always play The Strokes and Amy Winehouse.

I took these pictures with my friend Micah the other day! I really loved this outfit. There’s something about wearing a short floral dress and stomping around in some boots that is so liberating. I actually got this dress from Forever 21 a few hours before boarding my flight from Boston to Madrid. The waist is super flattering and you can either tie it at the neck or wear it open! Tied is super chic and feels super European haha.

The boots are from Zara. I was shopping last week with my friend Savannah, and saw these boots but put them back on the shelf. As I was about to check out, I had a sudden (and overwhelmingly dramatic) change of heart. They are so comfortable to walk around in, they add an inch or two of height, and they make me feel like the coolest punk rock gal in town.

I wanted to share a day in my life here in Sevilla, so here it goes. Today is Thursday, and I don’t have Friday classes, so it’s essentially my last *productive* day before the weekend haha.

7:30 Wake up call… I went to bed fairly early last night so I naturally woke up around 7:30. I stumble into the kitchen and grab my mason jar of coffee from the fridge. I made it last night so I could have an iced coffee before my run… I might be the world’s next genius.

8:15 Caffeinated, teeth brushed, time to run. I ran 3.5 miles this morning, I usually try to hit 4 but I ran pretty late yesterday so I gave myself a little break. I should also start measuring in kilometers now that I’m in Europe. I looove running in the cobblestone streets here – I think it helps my balance. It’s so magical to be running at this time too. The sun had just risen, people are commuting to work, and I get this sacred hour to myself. To sweat, to fly through the winding streets, and to take it all in. I always spend about 15-20 minutes stretching by the river.

10:30 Just showered and threw on my jeans and boots, put my notebook and favorite pen in my bag, and left. I start classes late on Tuesdays/Thursdays, so I like to get food beforehand – usually a late breakfast. Today I went to MilkAway, which is a smoothie/sandwich shop. Everything is super fresh and there’s a ton of vegetarian/vegan options. They also had jars of peanut butter and almond butter for sale for a couple of euros which is unheard of around here.

I journaled hardcore, eavesdropped on people’s conversations, and enjoyed my pitaya smoothie until the last sip.

12:00 I start heading towards my school, the weather is beautiful. I stopped by one of my favorite kiosks and got a bag of peanuts for 1 euro,  those have been my go-to snack here. Once I get to the university, I found a bench and layed down to read… currently enjoying Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks. Yes he also writes, yes he’s an amazing writer. I layed on this bench for a while eating peanuts and sharing them with the pigeons. It’s funny, everyone here feeds the pigeons. They’re loved too. They’re also way prettier than NYC pigeons…

1:00 / 13:00 I sit down in my History/Mythology class – my only class of the day. I will be the first to admit I have the biggest crush on my professor. We had a lesson planned about the Romans but we ended up spending the full hour and 45 minutes talking about flamenco, Rosalia, gyspy culture, and appropriation. It was incredible.

15:30 I walk towards Caótica with Savannah to meet up with Micah and get some homework done. There is a weekend market by Las Setas, and they have a massive tent where a woman is selling every sort of dried fruit you can imagine, as well as chocolates, baklava, and other goodies weighed per kilo. I told my friend yesterday I was craving dried mango, and because the universe loves me, I found some here!

17:30 I justttt finished my work, as well as my Americano, and decided to start writing this post. I have been eyeing this reflective backpack in the window at Ale-Hop, so I might go snag that on my walk home. I’ll walk about a half-hour home, and work on emails and blog stuff for the rest of the afternoon. Since I’m going to stop writing here, I’ll share what I think the rest of my day is going to look like. Check out my stories on @Juliettiful for the full play-by-play. I usually share my daily life there.

I plan on getting work done, cleaning my room and taking off my makeup to let my skin breathe. I also want to call my parents to say hello! I am going to grab tapas with a friend tonight, I’ll probably get espinacas con garbanzo and a cup of gazpacho, my two favorite tapas. Who knows, maybe even a glass of wine because the weekend is officially here!





5 little things

Hello from Sevilla! I felt like I needed to update you. Life abroad can get stressful and messy at times, but I have to say, I had an amazing week/weekend. I read this quote the other day that said “the little things aren’t little at all” and something about that really resonated with me. I tend to romanticize little things, I get caught up in life’s little details and small pleasures. So without further ado I want to quickly share 5 little things that made me happy this past week.

1. Grapes. My friend Savannah turned me onto the grapes here in Spain. Green grapes, red grapes, it doesn’t matter. I pretty much buy a bunch of them from my local market everyday because they’re so inexpensive. For some reason they just taste better here: they’re so juicy and fresh, and I like the fact that they have seeds in them, a little crunch. Sometimes I’ll freeze them and let them thaw a little for dessert, but the fresh ones are so incredible.

2. Sketching Statues. In my painting class we have been sketching statues. I never really thought I was good at drawing bodies, but the statues have been great practice of getting the form of the human body down. This drawing is of a Venus statue in my university – I’m so grateful to be going to such a historical school with an abundance of art and culture throughout the campus. Plus, sitting down and focusing on drawing is so mindful and keeps me really present.

3. Los Vinagres. I went to a rock show at an intimate little venue here in Sevilla, it was a band called Los Vinagres – they consist of 3 Spanish guys that jam about partying and love… I can’t seem to find the actual genre of the band online, in Spanish they call it “volcanic rock”, I would say it’s like Spanish punk rock? I don’t know. Kinda indie, kinda garage rock. Anyway, a friend I met the day before invited me to go on Saturday and I couldn’t say no. Best decision ever. Listen to their song “Verbenita”, it slaps, as the kids say.

4. Kid! I’m not sure if I’ve talked about my living situation here yet, but I live with 11 other students in an apartment type home, and we have two host parents that cook most days and do laundry. They’re absolutely wonderful. My host mom’s granddaughter came by one night and she was the cutest little thing. She’s 7 years old and speaks Spanish, but knows a few things in English. She was eager to show off her English skills and went around telling people “My hair is straight, your hair is curly…”. There was something so lighthearted and refreshing being around the innocent youthful energy. I let her do my hair and makeup and we sang Shakira songs together… so fun.

5. Tattoo. I got a tattoo yesterday. I might post about it at some point but I designed it and it’s something I’ve been wanting for a while. I woke up Saturday and thought “this seems like a cool idea” and went in for a walk-in after the shop opened post-siesta. I’m in love with the tat and the experience was just fantastic overall. A group of my friends came and rooted me on, and I love them endlessly for that!