Coming to Spain on my own was and is challenging. I have traveled with my family outside the country before, but this time, I was on my own. I packed my bags, headed to the airport, we said our goodbyes and then it was just me. I was afraid -- for the first time in a while. I feared the unknown. I feared doing this alone, and so far from my family.
When I arrived, I could not believe I was here. It seemed surreal to me, and my mind could not process it all. But after having a meal and taking a nap, I came to the realization that I was here to study abroad in Alicante -- where I wanted to be for such a long time. I was excited to learn and to see all of Alicante and more outside this beautiful city.
I spent the first three days with my friend. An Alicante local, she opened her beautiful home to me and showed me around the city. The first place we visited was the beach after walking through la Explanada.
Playa del Postiguet
This is the view from la Playa del Postiguet (right). You get a clear picture of El Castillo de Santa Barbara. It’s a breathtaking view. The sand is soft and the water warm; it’s all so beautiful.
La Explanada de España
The walk through La Explanada is delighted by palms (left). The floor is waves made of mosaics, that is usually walked by many people on a daily basis. It's always busy, as there are ice cream parlors to enjoy and other restaurants along the way. It goes from the door of the sea to the Park of Canalejas, parallel to the port.
El Ayuntamiento de Alicante
While walking through the city, we came across city hall of Alicante (top photo). The entrance door is beautifully detailed, and the building was first built in 1541 but destroyed by the French in 1691. It was then built a second time from 1699 to 1780.
La Calle de las Setas
This street is located in center of Alicante (right). It is very popular among the locals and tourists. It wasn’t until the end of 2013 when the mayor decided to add the giant figures and bring the street to life. The colorful street is where people walk through to shop or have some lunch or dinner.
Plaza de los Luceros
Constructed in 1930, this plaza sits in the center of the city. This monumental fountain (below) is meeting point for many people. Under the plaza is the TRAM station (local train). The streets surrounding the plaza are always busy, but it does not prevent people from stopping and looking at the beautiful plaza.
I cannot wait to explore more of Alicante and be able to share with those who have not have the chance to experience the beauty of this city.
Thania Inoa De Jesus is the Fall 2019 CEA MOJO Photographer in Alicante, Spain, and is currently studying at Albright College.