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Beach Weekend

Sometimes the best thing to do after a long week is take a break. This weekend some of my friends and I headed out early on Saturday morning to the beach; our destination, Nerja. We took the 9:00AM bus, about a two hour and fifteen minute ride to the coast of Spain. We ended up arriving in this town that almost seemed like a small Grecian city with its white washed houses, crystal turquoise-blue waters, sandy beaches, and palm trees scattered throughout.

As soon as we arrived we walked to our hostel to drop our bags off and get ready to see some caves. The Nerja caves are quite popular for being just recently discovered in 1959 and are among one of the most visited sites in Spain. I was quite excited to check them out and see what all the fuss was about. Once there I could understand why people like them so much, it’s almost as if you’re in another world with the way you see them being structured. There are peaks that extend towards the ground and it makes you wonder how things like that could even be possible. We spent a good hour in there walking through it all and taking it all in. We then headed to the beach to hang out for a bit and enjoy the wonderful weather. That afternoon after I stepped into the Mediterranean Sea for the first time, I laid out on my beach towel hearing the waves splash on top of each other and enjoying my time with the people around me. The beach was almost empty as the locals still believe that it’s not warm enough to swim in the beach, and they’re right because the water was freezing. We headed back to the hostel and got ready to go to dinner; we found a lovely Italian restaurant near the center of the town and ate there. On our way back we stopped by to get some ice cream from El Valenciano, a place that our Rick Steves book recommended.

On Sunday we headed out to breakfast quite early and took pictures on the Balcony of Europe, form here you get a gorgeous view of the sea and the beaches that are around it, as well as the white washed houses behind the town center. Again, we laid out on the beach and enjoyed the fact that we had nothing to worry about and relaxed. For lunch some of us went to Ayos, an all you can eat paella restaurant that is situated on Nerja’s most famous beach. Before we knew it, it was time to head back to Granada. If this is not living the life then I don’t know what is, it was the perfect way to spend a weekend.


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Fatima Ruiz Villatoro

Name: Fatima Ruiz Villatoro

Class: Sophomore

Major: Engineering Management and Spanish


Hometown: Seattle, WA

Activities: OLE, Coffee and Catholicism, Entrepreneurship Club, College Republicans


Favorite Professor: Dr. Male

Favorite Class: EGR 110

Favorite Commons Meal:  Salmon with mashed potatoes and vegetables


Why I Chose UP: The campus was amazing and the community at this school was exactly what I wanted. I liked that my classes would be very small and I would be getting the right academic attention. I believe strongly in the mission of the school and I felt at home when I made my decision.

Favorite Thing About UP:  Close enough to home that I can go for a weekend, come back and not be totally exhausted. There are so many things to do in Portland and I like that we have a lot of studies abroad opportunities.


Advice for Prospective Students: Visit the school; you don't know what you're getting yourself into until you truly experience it.

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