by Carolina Azcuna
I can confidently say that this past break was the best spring break I have had to date. I was lucky enough to travel to Marrakech, Madrid, Lisbon, and Porto with a friend that I made here in Paris in one of my classes. We both wanted to visit t
Our first stop was Marrakech, Morocco, one of our favorites of the entire trip. The weather was incredible, the people were so kind to us, and the food was delicious. The culture there is so warm and so rich, and it was amazing that almost everybody spoke Arabic, French, Spanish, and English! My friend and I who traveled are both obsessed with languages and speak French, Spanish, and English, so this was a fun challenge for us. The city was beautiful and had such a different feel to it unlike anything I had ever experienced before. The market required bargaining to the lowest prices possible, like a game where you had to start at half the price you suggested because it was all just an act to them. Needless to say, we loved Marrakech with its culture and vibrant people.
Next was Madrid, where we stayed with my friend’s cousin, so we had a much more local and personal experience. The food in Madrid, I may have to say, was my favorite out of all the cities. The variety was insane and everything was just so good and rich in flavor. Walking around the city was beautiful, and the friends we made helped us have such a good time! It was nice to hear Spanish being spoken instead of entirely French like back in Paris, so that added on to the home warmth that we felt. We experience the nightlife on our last night in Madrid. We went out and did not get back to the apartment until 6:30 am, so we didn’t sleep and left at 8 am for our flight to our next location….
Lisbon, Portugal was the other favorite of the trip. I don’t know if it was because of the open hearted people, the blissful beach, or the nightlife which kept us up until 8 am. Everybody was so kind and so quick to help us find our way, it was really nice to feel so welcomed. It was amazing to just be able to lay on this perfect and open beach, such a contrast from Paris. It was relaxing, warm, and just made us happy to be able to enjoy our view and not worry about anything else. We also experience the nightlife in Portugal, a club on the sand where we didn’t leave until the sun rose.
Finally, we were in Porto, Portugal, a more northern city of Portugal. The city was unlike any the others, on an incline, and full of shops and stone cobbled roads. The only bad thing was that it was rainy the entire time we were there, so we really had to get out and be motivated to explore the city, which we did. It was beautifully decorated and there were all types of people in the city, but it was a much smaller city than the others we had visited. Before we knew it, our time was up and we headed back to Paris! I had a busy and full spring break, and it was perfect.
Back in Paris,