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Travel as a College Abroad Student: Girona, Spain

Travel is one the best things about being a College Abroad student, in my humble opinion.  From your home base in your host country, you can explore little-known and off-the-beaten-track destinations nearby and, budget permitting, beyond.  Yesterday I took advantage of a particularly warm December day here in Spain to go to Girona.  Many people have heard of Girona but I would guess that few (especially those coming from far away) actually go there, since the pull of Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia are much stronger.  It is only 90 minutes by train from Barcelona, and while there isn’t anything particularly interesting to do there, it is a very charming and beautiful little city in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains.  It was so nice to see real mountains, even from far away since Berlin has no mountains to speak of.  Parts of the old Roman and Medieval city are still there, and you can walk along these ancient walls.  Additionally, it has a very interesting Jewish history which I learned more about at the Jewish history museum in the old Jewish quarter.  This is the kind of travel I’ve come to love as a college abroad student–small towns, for a day or two, doing nothing in particular other than simply exploring and taking pictures, rather than running from one must-see site to another.   It is this kind of travel that allows me to see how people live outside the main tourist destinations, and get a better feel for the country and its culture.  Below are some pictures.

The towering cathedral in Girona.

The towering cathedral in Girona.

A courtyard behind the Jewish history museum.

A courtyard behind the Jewish history museum.

The river, which resembled more of a pond with it being so low.

The river, which resembled more of a pond with it being so low.

View from the old city walls.  The cathedral with the mountains in the background.

View from the old city walls. The cathedral with the mountains in the background.

The top of the Medieval walls where you can circumnavigate the old city.

The top of the Medieval walls where you can circumnavigate the old city.

More from the park.

More from the park.

A lone tree in a park from old Roman ruins.

A lone tree in a park from old Roman ruins.

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