It has now officially been 3 months since I left
WEEKEND TRIP #3:
On Friday Nov. 16, I took a train with some friends from
WEEKEND TRIP #4:
I really didn’t want to spend Thanksgiving away from home and away from family, so on Thursday Nov. 22, I took a flight from Malaga (about 1 1/2 hours from Granada by Bus) to Manchester, UK in order to spend the holiday weekend with my 2nd family – the Takeuchis! For those of you who don’t know, the Takeuchis are my 2nd family and they have been living in the Northwest of England (near Blackpool) for almost 5 years now. My family and I visited them last summer so this wasn’t my first time to the area. It was a very nice, very relaxing weekend. Dana met me at the airport and we took a train out to the country, to the Poulton le Fylde train station where Brian picked us up in the van and drove us home. When I arrived at the house Shirley was just finishing up our English Thanksgiving dinner (which included four pumpkin pies!). So Shirley, Brian, Dana, Dani, and I plus a couple other friends feasted and gave thanks for everything. And I got to watch my first American Football game of the season! Even though I was away from home, it was really good to be able to spend Thanksgiving with family.
Since I had already been to visit them before, I had already seen most of the tourist sights in the area, so this trip was nice because we were able to mostly just relax. I got my Thanksgiving, and my fish ‘n chips, and a proper English breakfast, and as much American food as I could get my hands on. The first thing Dana and I did when I got there was eat Subway. And Shirley let me raid her pantry before I left for whatever American food, comforts of home that I could find (peanut butter!). It was kind of strange to be back in an English speaking country again. When it came time for me to go back to Granada on Sunday, I really didn’t want to. It was very nice to be with family for the weekend and very difficult to leave.
WEEKEND TRIP #5:
My latest trip and my last one until I come home, was this last weekend. 5 friends and I traveled to Barcelona this past weekend. We left on Thursday Dec. 6th. We found a Ryan Air cheap flight from Granada to Barcelona for about 30 euros round trip. It was a really great trip to kind of wrap things up over here. We stayed in another youth hostel, which was fun again and gave us the opportunity to meet more world travelers. While in Barcelona we saw many touristic sights: Las Ramblas (which is a really fun tourist street with markets and street performers), Parc Guell (the famous park above the city that was designed by Antoni Gaudi), the Picasso Museum, a Barcelona Christmas Market, the beach (which is quite empty in December apparently), the Sagrada Familia (which is Gaudi’s famous cathedral that he designed but never finished because he died while building it), I ate some delicious Spanish paella, and definitely the highlight of the whole trip for me was going to Camp Nou (which is the largest stadium in all of Europe) to watch FC Barcelona versus Deportivo. Deportivo’s a really bad team and Barcelona only won 2 to 1 but it was still extremely exciting to be in attendance at a soccer game in Europe. Watching players like Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi in person was unbelievable. It was outstanding!
The next day after the game, we flew back to Granada and once again it felt like coming home. It’s a strange feeling. I’m sure the feeling will be even more strange when I come home to Seattle in 11 days.
This will likely be my last mass email update since I will swamped with finals next week and packing and getting ready to come home after that. I will be home in Seattle until February 4th, when I travel back to Granada for spring semester at the Centro de Lenguas Modernas. So I will begin the email updates once again probably sometime in February. Thank you all for taking time to read about my journeys.