Monday, December 20, 2010

Just a weekend

Sorry guys, but as the title of this post suggests, this week was just a week with a weekend tagged on the end.  Nothing super exciting.  We did a have purple (we were all supposed to wear purple...not sure why) Christmas party where a friend of mine, who is on good terms with the club owner got us discounted drinks and a table for the whole night.  It was to say goodbye to the people who were only going to be here for a semester.  Anyhow, other than that it's just school for me.  
My American Girls!!

 Those of us who wore something purple

I suppose should warn all you avid readers out there (Alyssa...since I know you will read this about 7 times) I will not be posting anything until after New Years.  Instead of showering you with my witty banter next Monday I will be in Paris (aka I am supposed to be in Paris, but since I am exploring the world of French rail services I may or may not actually be there).  Thus, Merry Christmas (to those of you who celebrate) and Happy New Years to all!!

¡Hasta dos semanas!

Monday, December 13, 2010

P.S. Happy (C)han(n)uk(k)a(h)!!

Yes I did just cover all 16 different transliterations of that word.

So I had a little Channukah party for some of my friends here in Murcia, everyone was British and American, but only a couple of them actually knew what Channukah was about so that was fun.  I told the story and we lit the candles.  I wanted to play dreidle, but I couldn't find one here, nor in London or Madrid, so it was candles, latkes, and stories for us.  It was a lot of fun though.  Then I actually had a class on Thursday, for the first time in a week and a half.  It was my cuentos class, which is fine, but it's kind of a boring class since she tends to just read stories to us which I don't have to pay attention to since my test is an easy version.  Then I just hung out on Friday and Saturday.  Saturday night two of my British friends had a Christmas party at their apartment which I attended.  I was supposed to dress up Christmasy but I don't actually have any red or green clothes so I just went with black.  The picture is of Paige, me, Annalisa, and Hilary.  We had a lot of fun.  Then I just hung out on Sunday again.  Not going to lie though, waking up this morning for class was horrible.  I almost didn't go... So now that I'm back in school for a week (Christmas vacations start next week) I guess I'm going to focus on that for awhile.  Other than that nothing too exciting happened this week.  

¡Hasta la semana que viene!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

In true Spanish style I had a 6 day weekend to travel!

This weekend I was in London and Madrid, and travelled quite successfully regardless of blizzards in London and air traffic controller strikes in Madrid.  
I went to London to visit a good friend of mine (Nicole) who I haven't actually seen in person in a long time, funny how that works out when you're studying abroad.  We did gymnastics together at Gymnastics Plus, once upon a time.  
Friday: I arrived in London before her classes were finished for the day so I met up with some friends who had also been on the program in Poland with me, Jeannette and Jessica.  They took me to the Christmas markets along the Southbank of the Thames and we just hung out for a couple hours.  Then I met up with Nicole and we walked around Leicester Square and Picadilly Circus and had amazing Thai food for dinner (yay for spicy food, finally!)  It turns out that Nicole is at Le Cordon Bleu in London for baking and desserts and just happened to have a bunch of yummies that she had made in class in her apartment so we snacked on those A LOT.  There was chocolate fudge with pistachios, French maccroons in 2 flavors, cookies of various types, some sort of sweet granola bar thing, and some sort of muffin thing.  Basically it was lots of deliciousness.    
Saturday: We woke up and wandered over to the IMAX theatre to see....Harry Potter 7.1.  Yea that's right, I saw Harry Potter in London on IMAX.  Definitely beats Becky seeing it at midnight...Then we spent the day wandering around Harrod's.  Had lunch in a diner on the 4th floor and just looked at stuff.  Then we went to King's Cross station and went to Hogwarts (unfortunately the trip didn't turn out quite e as planned because apparently platform 9 3/4 is actually between platforms 8 & 9 not 9 & 10 as one would assume).  We went to the winter wonderland at Hyde Park and walked around looking at everything.  We had mulled cider and nutella crepes while watching people on the rides and ice skating.  We then had pizza at Nicole's apartment.
Sunday: We met up with one of Nicole's friends from Switzerland, named Celine, and we went to Brick Lane (which is simultaneously the Indian and Jewish section of London) where we went vintage shopping, ate Indian food for lunch and bagels for dessert (neither of which you can get in Spain).  Then Nicole and I went on the London Eye followed by a really nice dinner at Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant in Covent Gardens.

Monday: I got on a plane to Madrid.  I met up with my friend Gloria, who had also been on the trip to Poland.  We just kind of walked around.  Went to a Chinese restaurant Gloria wanted to try, and then I met up with my friend Amanda, who is studying at the University of Salamanca but was also in Madrid for the weekend, from the ballroom team in Claremont.  She, along her friends, and I went ice-skating and then we hung out for a while.  I headed back to the hostel early and went to sleep.
Tuesday: Gloria and I hopped on a bus to Segovia.  It was raining when we got there and although it stopped within about 15 minutes it was still pretty cold.  We saw the Roman Aqueducts, the Alcázar (which is rumored to have inspired the Disney castle), and the Jewish quarter.  When we got back to Madrid we went to the Plaza de España and a lookout hear there and saw the whole city.  Then we both headed back to our abodes for a little rest.  We met up later, along with one of her friends, to go ice-skating (again).  I then got Starbucks, I missed it (sad but true) and then I headed back because  I had to get up super early to get on the first train to the airport to get back here.
Now I am at home and preparing for a Channukah party because its the 8th night and most of my friends haven't the slightest clue what Channukah is!

¡Hasta la semana que viene!