So I’m just checking in with random little bits of information about life here.
I’ve gotten to do a few trips since the last time I checked in!
I wrote about Malaga, but I also got to go to Aracena in the Sierra Huelva of Sevilla and also Italica in the last month.
Aracena is a town with beautiful views, an old fortress, and the main point of my trip with CIEE, la Gruta de las Maravillas, which is a huge cave system filled with stalagmites and stalactites, underground pools, and is just an incredible piece of nature.
This past weekend was an early birthday trip to Italica for part of a day. Italica is the oldest and most well-preserved Roman town in Spain. It was the childhood home of Emperor Hadrian (if Hadrian’s Wall in England rings a bell, same guy).
And in a bit of advanced travel news, I have a lot of upcoming trips! I’ll be going to Basque Country (San Sebastian and Bilbao) at the end of the month! Trips to Ronda (a small town on the way to Malaga) and the beaches south of Sevilla are also in the works. And then in June, my mom and cousin are visiting! The three of us will be going to Madrid and then Germany, before my cousin goes home and my mom comes to Andalucia (Sevilla/Cordoba/Granada) and bonus Portugal/Gibraltar trips.
Because of that, June will also be crazy because it’s exam months! I have a final project in May before leaving for Basque, but then have two exams close to each other upon my return and thankfully a break to study before my last (and probably hardest) exam at the end of June.
Students here are slowly starting to get into exam mode. My classes and the study nooks seem a little fuller these days and I’ll soon be among them. I’m used to having good attendance credit/homework grades/paper grades to bolster my usually lack-luster or average exams that having classes based solely on a final exam is a little terrifying. But I’m trying not to panic too soon 🙂
Volunteering is also going well. The girl I have been volunteering with left to go back to the States last weekend so now it’s just me. The kids are great though. I helped one girl study for her English test last weekend. It was fun (“fun”?) to go through verb conjugations and sentence constructions with her. It definitely makes you think when you have to explain when to add “-s” and when to “-es” to make words plural (I did remember though. THANKS FOR THE WRITING CLASSES MOM!)
I’ve also tried a lot of different restaurants/bakeries these last few weeks. There’s a cupcake bakery near the CIEE study center that we went to after our final last week to try out. Amazing. I can’t believe we haven’t gone before.
And finally, some more pictures at this already picture-heavy post. Please give your computer a hug for me for having to deal with this.
And ta-da! The End.