Monday, May 14, 2012

Summing up the past few months

Wow I haven't updated this thing in almost three months? What have I been doing? I have a 12 hour work week.. you would think I would be able to keep this thing up to date...

Anyways my time in Spain is coming to an end...but I'm not too sad because I have decided to return next year! I will however, miss the awesome people I've met this year..couldn't have asked for a better crew to go on adventures with. I'm really going to miss all of them :(

So lets see..last time I wrote I had just gone to the Canary Islands. The weekend after that two of my friends and I flew out to Amsterdam to see an electronic music festival. Amsterdam is an amazing place if you haven't been. Such a pretty city, people are so nice and it has a young kinda hipstery vibe to it. Its one of those cities where you can walk around for hours and not even realize it because theres so much going on all the time. After that trip I was pretty traveled out and stayed put in Jaen for the rest of March.

The first week in April is Semana Santa, which is a holy week where all of Spain has a week off and during the week there are religious processions through the streets and what be honest I don't know too much about the history of Semana Santa..all I know is that I get a week off haha. So halfway through the week I met my friend Amy in BARCELONA! My favorite city ever. We had a great time, we saw one of our favorite DJ's on night and met some cool kids in our hostel. Here is a pic of the hostel room...

Looks like one big fort..but it was actually very comfortable and clean. While we were in Barcelona there was a procession going on, here's a pic of that too...

Robes are creepy right??

And here is a pic from the show we saw, tried to get a good one but it was hard because I couldn't stop moving to take the picture.

After Barcelona I was broke so I stayed in Jaen for most of April. During this time we adopted a little dog for a few weeks until we could find her a home. Here name is Duna, she was three months old and she was very sweet. We did end up finding a home for her.

So a few weeks ago, the Jaen crew went on an EPIC roadtrip, 10 of us crammed in to two small european cars and drove four hours to Tarifa which is supposed to be this cool surfy town. The drive down was so much fun just playing music and being silly but it was a very scenic drive...

 But of course it rained the entire time we were there so we really didn't get the full experience but we did make the most of it. We had 10 awesome people and an apartment, we kept ourselves entertained to say the least. After spending two rainy days and nights in Tarifa we got in the car and did a day trip to Gibraltar. Gibraltar is actually part of the UK and you need your passport to walk in. I would say I spent a total of 15 mins in the UK before a few of us decided we did not want to brave the rain and wind to go up on the big rock thats in the middle. Of course the second we stepped back into Spain, the sun came out and it ended up being a really nice day. Lesson learned...bad things happen when you leave Spain :) The we got back in the car and headed to a city called Fuengirola that is also right on the beach, but of course it rained most of the time we were there also. We did get a good beach day in on the day we had to leave. BUT again we still had an awesome time despite the weather and I think this video sums it all up real the video HERE

After the road trip we returned back to Jaen and have been enjoying the lovely weather that we have now. Its sunny and at least 85 degrees everyday. There is a great park by my house that my friends and I go to to lie out.

Our most recent adventure was to Granada yesterday. We went down for a friends birthday party and of course, had an awesome time. Met people from all over the place. That has to be one of the best things about living abroad is the amount of people you meet and connections you make. Everyone already has one thing in common...the desire to experience new things.The house where the party was at had an awesome rooftop terrace where I snapped a few pics.
The Alhambra right there up on the left hand side.

Sierra Nevada

Good people and good times

After the party we went back to get changed and we headed out to check out some different bars/clubs around Granada. We had such a great time that by the time we left the club it was sunny out.
So since I got something like three hours of sleep last night I have to get to bed. Hope you all enjoyed reading!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Canary Islands

Hello! My apologies for not keeping up with the blog, its been a crazy month. So I just came back from the Canary Islands and it was absolutely amazing. Perfect weather, beautiful scenery and good people. We spent the majority of our time in Las Palmas on the island Gran Canaria (there are 8 islands that belong to the canaries). We made a day trip down to the southern part of the island to an area called Maspalomas. There, they had a beach that had huge sand dunes on it...

We also met some cool people at this bar that was right across the street from our hostel. This old dude pretty much has been running an arepa restaurant/bar since 1974 and he writes poetry. Why can't I do that? Just write poetry and go to the beach all day..But everyone we met there was super nice, I think it has something to do with everyone getting enough vitamin D.
Anyways after all that fun in the sun I am going to Amsterdam to go see a music festival this weekend and then I never want to get on a plane again because I'm travelled out.

If you want to see some more pictures here is the link, (I just realized you could do this)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Peace Day

Monday was peace day in all of the schools. Our school ran a race for 'Save the Children'. After, the kids put on dove outfits and sang some songs about peace for all the parents.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Vienna, Graz, Prague and Budapest

Hellooo fellow readers, I have just returned from an amazing two week vacation traveling around eastern Europe. I just got back a day ago and I slept for about 24 hours, so now that I'm feeling like a human again I thought I would update everyone on my trip. Lets see, first stop was Vienna. We arrived on Christmas eve and we scoured the city for an open place to eat/ a place to eat that didn't cost 40 euros a head for christmas eve dinner. We did find a place in Karlsplatz which is the very center of Vienna. Then headed back to the hostel (which was the best hostel ever) The hostel bar was open that night so we did find something to do with the several drink tickets the staff gave us upon arrival. The next day was Christmas day and we went to one of the markets where they had all kinds of food and handmade things that people were selling.

The next day in Vienna we discovered that everything was pretty much closed except for the amusement park that has the oldest ferris wheel in the world.

 The next day we had to leave later in the day but we were able to walk around the city for a few hours and we checked out the Belvedere which houses some famous art. When we went, I think they were shooting a movie or something there because one side was all lit up with stage lights.

Then we took the train to Graz, a smaller city in Austria. We arrived late at night and took a cab to our hostel which was in a not so nice area of the city. The hostel was eerie and we were in the basement and I'm pretty sure we were the only ones staying there that night. At least it was clean. The next morning we got up and met up with Amy and walked around the city. We also went to a photography exhibit that was in this really cool looking museum called "the friendly alien".
NEXT STOP: Prague!
We took the 8 hour train ride to Prague

Prague was my favorite city out of all of them. The architecture was amazing, such a beautiful city. The nightlife was really fun. It was the perfect place to ring in the new year. The first night when we got there we decided to do a pub crawl and that was really fun. We ended up at the biggest nightclub in central Europe. The next day we got up and walked around the city and we went to visit the famous John Lennon wall.

The artwork on the wall was awesome and it was cool just reading all the stuff people had written on there. We added our own little something to it. 

Here's another picture of Prague that I took from the bridge. So PRETTY!

So we were in Prague for four days and then we took the train over to Budapest. 
Budapest, for those of you who don't know, is actually two cities Buda and Pest that are separated by the Danube river and accesible by bridges.  Our hostel was located right near one of the bridges. The hostel was really nice and in a great location. Budapest was also a gorgeous city and we took a night boat tour around the river to snap some shots since the weather wasn't all that good. We spent four days also in Budapest and we saw an opera (La Boheme). 

I don't have any pictures of the opera house but my friends do and it will be included in an album with about 150 more pictures of the trip. 
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a very happy new years!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Feliz Navidad!

I'm starting my Christmas adventures today. I have to head to Granada tonight so I can get the bus early tomorrow to the airport and then its Granada --> Barcelona, Barcelona --> Vienna. Were staying a few days in Vienna then heading to a smaller college town in Austria called Graz. Then taking the 8 hour train ride to Prague for New Years and then Budapest and then back to Vienna to fly back January 6th. I'm very excited although its definitely weird not being with family.
Also, today I had to dress up as Santa at school, I wasn't fooling anyone except the three year olds. I think about 30% of the kids started crying at the woman covered in black paint because she was supposed to be the black wiseman, pretty hilarious/a tad racist.  Anyways the kids put on a little play and sang a song. I have videos that I will upload later. But for now here is a picture....


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Bringing back the nose ring

Today I decided that I missed my nose ring that I had so I went to go get it re-pierced. Definitely a different experience that getting piercings done at home. Not to say that it wasn't a clean place but when I pointed out the ring I wanted, instead of getting one in a sealed plastic bag, she just pulled it out of the box with her hand. The piercer did disinfect it but I was a little bit sketched out. At the end they just handed me a sheet of what to do to clean it, they didn't give me any stuff to clean it with but my roommates told me I could go to a pharmacy and pick up the spray. It was an experience but here it is!

Monday, December 12, 2011


This weekend and friend and I took off to Malaga for two nights. We stayed in this great hostel right down by the beach and luckily it was t-shirt weather so we took advantage. I definitely want to go back once its real beach weather. We ended up meeting 2 Australians and hung out with them for most of the time.  We walked around the city for a while and last night we found a bar that was playing the Barcelona vs Real Madrid game. Barcelona won 3-1! Over all it was a great trip but I only have a few pictures due to complications with the memory card on my camera.