The last week in Madrid, we had classes Monday and Tuesday and our final (and only) exam was on Wednesday. Thursday morning we were on a bus for a trip to Córdoba that got cut short because the bus driver showed up a little less than 2 hours late – NOT COOL. We visited a really cool mosque with the most intricate details and architecture I’ve seen yet – and remember, I went to Italy for 9 days before this! I guess it’s all up to your opinion, but I really enjoyed this visit (and it’s a Fodor’s Choice, so that must mean other people think it’s pretty sweet too). Friday we were in Sevilla and visited the third largest cathedral in the world (largest in Spain) and la Plaza de España (aka Naboo from Star Wars – yes, Star Wars was filmed there – yes, Hayden Christensen was there). Saturday and Sunday were spent in Granada which houses the famous palace-fortress, Alhambra. After a day of touring La Alhambra, we were on a bus and on our way to the coast of Alicante to meet our new families. I am currently living with a mother-daughter duo. The madre is a hairstylist (good for me since I’ve been living with hairstylists all my life…love you Momma and Bobo), and the daughter is an International Relations teacher (meaning she knows a bit of english – good for me since I’ve been speaking that language all my life). The daughter used to have a little cafe, but with the Spanish economy in the tank she had to shut it down. I eat lunch and dinner on this cute little balcony overlooking El Mercado Central (really cool market where different vendors sell meats, fish, cheese, fruits, and vegetables, and the one food that no spanish meal is complete without – PAN). Bread is literally on the table at all times. And no, not multigrain or whole wheat…it’s white bread. French bread. And of course I’m going to have a slice of this bread to dip into my gazpacho. And of course I’m going to see the repercussions of having white bread twice a day every day for 6 weeks. Bikini season in Virginia Beach you say? I’m in Alicante now! I’ll go on some light jogs on the boardwalk overlooking the marina. Quizas. My house is 10 minutes walking distance away from la playa and 5 minutes walking to school. Much nicer than spending $200 on metro tickets in Madrid. Gotta love beach towns 🙂
The night before our final exam in Madrid, Salina and I made our madre dinner! Salina is half Indian, so she knows how to make this amazing dish called bharta. It was so good! I made my favorite salad in the world with goat cheese and candied nuts (recipe is already on here). Here come some pictures of semana 3 in Madrid!
Just finished week 1 in Alicante, so I’m a little behind on this (as always). I’ll be sure to have a post up sometime this week. Unfortunately, Salina’s grandfather is battling lung cancer and is not doing so well, so she went back home yesterday to be with him. Please keep him and Salina’s family in all of your prayers. I’ll be home on July 2! See y’all soon!