Thursday, March 22, 2012

Weekend Away

This past weekend, I headed over to Pais Vasco - Bilboa y San Sebastian. Both were absolutely gorgeous. The trip itself was quite spontaneous. Gabe found a race he wanted to do on Tuesday and  we bought the tickets Wednesday and left Friday morning. For those of you who know me well, you know that spontaneity is normally not my strong point. However, I was rather pleased with myself for just going along with the flow and having a GREAT time this weekend! It's nice that we're in the early parts of 309 so we don't have a lot to do. 

We left Friday morning and got to Bilboa around 2. We walked over to our hostel [right across the river from the Guggenheim!] and ate lunch there. Then, with our fabulous student discount, we got into the Guggenheim for just 6.5 euros! We wandered around there for a few hours, just checking out the art and the architecture of the building itself. Both very cool. Then we walked through the city and Lauren, Audrey, Brianne, and I grabbed some pan, jamon [ham], y queso [cheese] and made some yummy [and cheap!!] sandwiches for dinner. It was the perfect and relaxing night. Our hostel had 21 beds in one room so we basically hung out in the lobby until it was absolutely necessary to go to bed. We left the next morning at 11 for San Sebastian.

WE arrived to San Sebastian around 12, 12:30 on Saturday and headed over to our hostel. We had no idea what to expect with this hostel - there weren't any photos or reviews online! Definitely lucked out. It was this little old lady's apartment where she kept only around 5 bedrooms ...  A little musty but located right at the center of the city. Ya win some, ya lose some. Audrey, Lauren, and I strolled into a little bar for lunch and had a delicious tortilla francesa sandwich. [basically just like tortilla espanola without potatoes] Then we headed over to the beach! So pretty. And from the beach, there's a little route you can take that takes you up to the highest point in the city where you can see practically everything. One of the prettiest views I've ever seen. After our hike, we rested a bit and then went out for dinner. We went to a nice little restaurant and Lauren and I each got salads [ YAY for vegetables] and split a paella. OH my goodness, that paella was legendary. So yummy. It was raining after dinner so we ended up just chilling in our room all night. Sunday morning, Lauren, Audrey, Brianne, Allison, and I went to Gabo's race. Gabe wasn't sure if he was registered but he was planning on running it no matter what. We positioned ourselves at the 2k and 8k markers so that we could see if he was registered, and if not, we were at the spot [the 8k] where he would drop out if he wasn't. We were so excited that he was! and that was he was running really well! He was behind the 3 leaders and a pack of men... so [pretty far up. After the 2k mark we hurried over the end of the race and were SO EXCITED to see Gabe finish in fourth place! He ran a very very very fast 10k. It was awesome to see. After he showered off, we checked out of the city, found some lunch, and then chilled in a cafe until our bus left at 4. We got back to Oviedo around 10:30. Overall, a great weekend in Pais Vasco :)

Other than that, not much is new! We leave for Italy next Saturday - EEK. I cannot wait. I hope that this next week flies so that we can just get there :) Your prayers would be appreciated for the traveling process! We're all newbies at this so it's going to be an adventure to say the least.
Have a great weekend

Monday, March 12, 2012


To be entirely honest, I am not sure how I feel about this halfway point in my semester abroad. Part of me feels sad that I only have 2 and half more months here; part of me feels like the time has gone way too fast; but part of me is anxious to get home and see everyone that I miss so very much. I know after spring break, time is going to fly, so I am just trying to live in the moment and enjoy the little things. These things include (but are not limited to):
+ the fact that we are done with 308!
+ finally making Spanish friends in our education class
+ the amazing weather we've been having
+ yummy food here - Rosa is da best!
+ watching my Spanish improve

And so many more. Let's be real here, my life in Spanish is pretty carefree and enjoyable. I always manage to find something to complain to my parents about but I really want to focus on not complaining this second half. So we'll see how that goes!

309 started today. Not much different than 308, except there is a bit more of Latin America and it's more modern. But our schedule doesn't change so that's nice. It's basically just part II of the same class. Classes at la casa de las lenguas are still fairly manageable. I love my art class. So interesting. My expression oral class is good sometimes, but sooo boring other days. But it's only 3 hours a week so that's nice and 4 credits . So I'll take that.

Last weekend we went to Aviles on Saturday and then took a city bus to their beach. So beautiful. We had the best weather and were able to just meander around the city and beach. We ended the day with a delicious glass of sangria :) [man, I'm going to miss sangria when I return to the states] I'll post some pictures of that at the end of this post.

Other than that - not much exciting. We head out for Italy on the 31st! I cannot wait. I know that we are going to have a great time. We'll be traveling to Pisa, Florence, and Rome. Other exciting things we have when we get back include kayaking in Pais Vasco, the Netherlands [for me], and a final group excursion to Barcelona! So April is probably going to go pretty quick with those things all happening. And then May.... ekkk. But let's not think that far, okay? okay.

And a quote to end. Definitely been feeling a new appreciation for my home since being here, but also an appreciation for my new home in Spain.

sometimes we have to leave home in order to find out what we left there, and why it matters so much. -s.n

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Almost there!

+ recite poema
+ finish poema analysis (2 pages)
+ finish research paper (5-7 pages)
+ take final exam

WOOHOO!!! Getting there!!

Monday, March 5, 2012


Life is busy sometimes. This week is about to be one of those times.

+ recite poema
+ finish poema analysis (2 pages)
+ finish research paper (5-7 pages)
+ take final exam

So... ya know. Just the usual amount of work. OH well, once that's all done.. which it will have to be by Thursday, we'll be halfway in the semester. Prayers would be appreciated during this busy week!

One thing that I'm going to try to focus on is not complaining so much to my family. Sometimes I feel like they're the only ones I can complain too, but I think they think I'm having a miserable time. (FYI - I'm not!!!) Some days are definitely harder than others.. Sunday's in particular tend to drag along. I am so accustomed to being with family all day on Sunday and here, I'm normally just in my room by myself and church isn't until 6:30 so the day just kind of drags on. But, I am thankful for the church we have here and all the friends I have made. We tend to get together on Sunday afternoon's because we're all a little sick of being cooped up at home ... So that's nice :)

Other than that, not much is new. Life is just flying by over here in Espana :) Have a great week!!


blessed to have these people in my life :)