Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Vale Vale Vale

Sevilla and Granada may have stolen the prize as the prettiest place away from Toledo. It's a pretty tough competition. It was an amazing trip..besides the countless cathedrals that we all get sick of. If I see another one...I might barf. What I love are all the beautiful views, just walking on the cobblestone streets, or enjoying a paella lunch outside with the crew.

The Alhambra is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. It is an old palace full of gorgeous gardens. I can't even describe it and pictures don't do it justice, so just go there someday.

After 3 nights of basically no sleep and all play, we are back in our little home in Alcala. Only when I walk the streets by myself, it actually hits me where I am. I still can't believe sometimes. I only have three weeks left and we are all determined to live it up as much as possible.

We also saw flamenco dancing in Sevilla. So cool, the Spanish dancer captured all our hearts..duh. These are the infamous HAMMER pants. It's a big deal in Spain. so obviously we have to fit in. Ok yesterday we all went to the Parque de Retiro to row boats. As always, a fight broke out between us girls and the guys full of splashing and stealing paddles. But, the champion, Jen jumped in the lake! The entire lake, everyone sitting outside on the grass a.k.a. half of Spain were all laughing and clapping for us. It was hilarious. Top five moment here...along with Blanca yelling at me, We have Band concert, and Dan getting pissed on the daily.
living and loving every moment. <3

Monday, May 17, 2010

I may never leave...

So it has been two and half weeks of living here in Spain...and I have honestly loved every minute. The crew, the Spanish people, traveling, Blanca, and even kinda school..kinda. I'm sorry family and friends, but I don't ever want to leave.
Last Friday we traveled to Avila and Segovia which were beautiful, like everything here. But, it was freezing. I rocked my swimming jacket (BYU swim team is well represented here, HOLLA) but I was dying. Thus, but the end of the trip all of us wanted to get the heck out. Then saturday it was la festival de San Isidro in Madrid so we went to Madrid all day. Which we basically do everyday anyway. They had a big flee market type thing, music, and food everywhere. These people know how to party fo sho.
This week we have a five-day weekend trip to Granada, Sevilla, and Cordoba. No big deal.

Some funny memories, jokes, or common happenings: *hammer pants, it's always hammer time *the crew, either fab four, sexy six, or elite eight. *we love churros con chocolate...only at maestro churro. *Madrid everyday all day *spanglish is always best. *sleeping in church *sleeping on the metro *being slap happy/crazy every night around 7ish...especially me. *PANDA WATCH *Spider hands *Beating up on Dan...too soon? *That's what she said jokes with the pinky finger up *Me gusta *Speaking like a gringo *dibs *your team/my team game *study abroad couples...which are against the rules, recently stated by Profe Williams. *"when in doubt, take pictures of the pain" *old spanish men *nuns *chillin at the Pinta or Mushka *Jav's deep questions and talks *Hiding food in the napkin or pouring it into a bag to hide it from your host fam *The dreaded group tours.
* Always chocolate/candy...always.
*Chino stores.
*Buying skirts from Zara.
*We have band concert..Tenemos Banda!!
*Euros=dollars. duh.
*one week here=a year in real life.
*Penguin huddle.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010


I only have time for a few pics but this was at our fav shop in Toledo.
Can this guy be anymore perfectly Spain? :)

Ok I really am alive here in Spain. I finally found some good a pub. The school internet is being weird with my Mac so I'm just chillin in a bar.

Espana is absolutely amazing. I knew I was going to love it, but honestly, I never want to leave. It hasn't even been a full week, but it feels like I've been here longer. Everyday seems like two days for some reason. The morning activities...lunch at 2:30. Then afternoon activities....dinner at 9:30...and then occasionally going out after that too.

Alcala is the little city we live in and the best way to describe it is...straight out of a movie.

School started yesterday. One class is grammar (which I am really sick of) and the other is Spanish history which is interesting. But school is nothing compared to everything else we have done. There is a group of 4-6 of us that are constantly doing something fun, like taking the tren to Madrid or hitting up the bars at night. K I'll update more later. peace fools.