COLUMN: Here, There and Everywhere


"Alice," an installation at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, shows a giant face and arm protruding from the windows. Columnist Lauren Saxe visited the museum during her first weekend in Seville, Spain. Lauren Saxe and Lauren Saxe

Aside from memorizing verb tenses and trying to stay cool in the southern heat, I’ve spent some time exploring the sites of Seville, Spain. I have taken the past two weeks to get started and cross a few things off my checklist.

As part of the first composition for my grammar class, I visited one of the local markets to compare it to farmers markets in the United States.

The colors of the produce are so rich, as are the colors of just about everything here.

During our first weekend, our group decided to culture ourselves with a bit of contemporary art at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo. There were out-of-the-box pieces, and the museum building was artwork in itself with its beautiful architecture. It was nice to be in a place where the language is the same for everyone, art having the power to transcend words.

While contemporary art isn’t my favorite genre, it served as a good reminder to be open to new perspectives.

I rounded out the week in the best way I can imagine: dancing.

If you think we stay out late in Bloomington, guess again.

It is not uncommon for people to stay out until sunrise here. What started out as grabbing a cerveza at one of the popular plazas around town, ended in an early morning outing to a bachata dance club. A few locals taught me the art of bachata dancing. While my dance moves to “Uptown Funk” may suffice in the discotecas with American music, my bachata steps could definitely use some work.

It never ceases to amaze me when someone tells me they’re bored. No matter what city you are in, you can always find something to do. So, dear Hoosiers, as I check off the things on my list in Seville, make your own in Bloomington and never stop exploring.

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