Last Friday I got to take a day trip to Gibraltar with ISA (my study abroad program). Gibraltar is a British territory that is at the Southern point of Spain, which means they use pounds and speak English just like in England. This territory is a touchy subject with my Spanish family because they believe the land belongs to Spain while those from the UK think it rightfully belongs to England. I love how much I get to learn about the country and the people while I get to adventure. It makes it that more special. This trip was literally a dream, I loved every second of it.
We started off the day with a bus (or coach if you’re English) tour of the small city. The city is surrounding the rock of Gibraltar, which is the basis of the whole city. Our first stop was a beautiful view of where the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranian Sea meet. You can see Africa from this point and it was literally such a breathtaking view. I honestly felt like I was watching a movie because of how picture perfect this scene was.
Next, we started the trek up the rock. My scardy-cat self was not a fan of taking a little bus up a very narrow and steep road, but I will admit, the view was incredible even though I couldn’t look out my window too long without feeling a little sick to my stomach (I blame my mom for that one). Guess what I got to see when I was up on the rock? MONKEYS! If you know me, you know how much I love monkeys. I was so excited that I got to see these monkeys up close and personal. It was such a great experience! It was definitely the highlight of my day.
At the rock, we got to go into St. Michael’s cave. It was such a beautiful sight to see. They actually have concerts in this cave, which I think would be an incredible experience. I think it is amazing to see how intricate and beautiful caves can be, God is an amazing artist what can I say.
After the guided tour, we got the rest of the day to explore the city on our own. My roommate and I took to the main street to see what the city had to offer. We started off at a cute little restaurant and sat outside since it was such a beautiful, warm day. My roommate enjoyed the classic English meal of fish and chips while I ate a club sandwich while we both sipped on some yummy champagne. My life honestly feels like a dream at the moment. How is this how I get to spend my days? After the yummy lunch, we checked out some souvenir shops and some of their nicer stores. Gibraltar does not have a tax on their food and clothes, but I think they make up for that in prices.
Overall, Gibraltar has been my favorite place to explore so far. I am in love with this beautiful little city (especially the monkeys). I am in awe that this is my life! I cannot wait for many more adventures over the next two and a half months. Thanks for following along on my journey.