Sarah M. reflects on our visit to Cádiz with the host students:
Today, we returned to Cadiz. I had been with my host sister and her friends by train on Saturday, so I was familiar with the beautiful walled city and its beaches and shops. However, I was unfamiliar with its history. I learned today that Cadiz is the oldest city in Europe and was occupied by the Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, and Spanish, but never the French. Cadiz was Spain’s last stronghold during its occupation in the Napoleonic wars! We entered a cathedral built in the 13th century, where I was amazed by the detail in the faces of the statues. We also saw the facade of a cathedral that took 200 years to build and its many colors of stone as it changed over the years of work. My friends and I went cafe-hopping all along the old, winding streets of the city while other shopped or visited various historical sites.