November 12, 2007
So I fell in love this weekend. With
the mountains and landscape of a section of Spain that is
untouched by most of the world. It is called Las Alpujarras.
And it is amazing! It is just so beautiful. I would walk out
of the house I was staying in and see mountains and the most
beautiful view of cities like Orgiva and Tableron. It was
absolutely amazing, it was very relaxing and just a great
weekend. I also learned a lot about our world and the ways
to help save it from extinction.
And I learned I am very accident
prone. But I will explain that as I tell the story of my
amazing weekend. There were 12 of us that went on the
program. We took a bus from Granada to Orgiva and then took
a different bus to the top of the nearest mountain and we
hiked down the mountain for about an hour to reach the farm.
The farm we stayed on has no mail
delivery, no trash pick-up, no electricity and no running
water to it's main buildings. But the family supports itself
by creating electricity through wind power, water power and
sun power. The water comes from springs and wells they made
themselves at the top with hoses carrying it down to them.
It was quite an amazing system. But we reached the farm and
put our stuff down and ate an organic meal which was not
that great but I guess when you grow up on all processed
food, organic is not that great. But I ate it and enjoyed
it. Then we took a tour of the farm.
There are three kids in the family.
A twelve year old girl, Birta, a ten year old boy, Milan,
and a two year old girl, Flora. They were so amazing and so
cute. They reminded me of my sisters and I when we were
younger. But we went to harvest an olive tree while taking a
tour to help the family out a little bit. It was amazing. I
climbed to the top and picked by hand. I got quite a bit of
bruises from the tree and knocking myself around in it. I am
especially proud of my fish-shaped bruise that takes up most
of my shin. It is pretty exciting.
After harvesting the olive tree,
Milan showed us his goats that he is taking care of and
going to raise. The female thought my finger was food and
bit me. I bled for a little bit but got it cleaned up and
decided then that I don't like goats much. Then we went back
to the main house and ate dinner and had a lecture about
bio-dynamic farming and permaculture and the Steiner schools
that the kids went to for their schooling.
Afterwards we played music until
late into the night when we were all falling asleep. But it
was great! Then we had breakfast and learned how to basket
weave. But we met the oldest girl just then for she had been
at a party the day before. And I played with her most of the
day. She is really fun. All the kids speak three languages,
German, Spanish and English. Which is absolutely amazing.
But I will make sure my children speak two languages
The way it worked was the father
spoke English to the children and the mother spoke German
and then the neighbors spoke Spanish to them. It was quite
interesting. I think that is how I will teach my children
Spanish and English. Have Nick talk to them in English and I
will talk to them in Spanish. But Sunday we went to a cave
that was used in the Spanish civil war to hide people and
documents. It was really small and had no lights, all I
could imagine was the movie The Decent. But I turned a
corner too quick and took out a rock on the wall with my
head. So I have cuts and scrapes on my forehead. It was fun
though. Then we relaxed and talked to the family a little
bit about the lifestyles and then we headed back. It was a
downhill/mountain walk for about an hour and a half. It was
quite a workout. But amazing still. And we took the bus back
Overall it was an amazing weekend. I
loved it so much! Ben, the program leader, needs someone to
lead a group in the beginning of Dec. and I would really
like to because everyone else will be in Paris that weekend.
And I don't want to sit around here by myself. But I would
like to go again. And leading a group would be pretty
amazing. I want to visit the family again. So I might do
that and the family asked if I would like to I could come
back to their farm for a vacation. It would be pretty cool
for our honeymoon or something like that for a nice relaxing
time. Maybe not the honeymoon because I want to go somewhere
really relaxing and not with that type of food. But who
Anyway Spain is amazing. I am
absolutely loving it. I am definitely going to miss a bunch
of things from here when I go home but most of them I can
kind of re-create in America. Oh yea... I fell in love with
the King and the president of the government yesterday. I
was watching the news when I got home and my senora told me
the story as well but the president and the King were in
South America on Saturday and they attended a conference
with the leaders from most of the Central American and South
American countries. But Zapatero, president of Spain, was
talking and the Argentian president Hugo Chavez was
interrupting him and disagreeing with him and the King
leaned in front and pointed at Chavez and said "Porque tu no
calles?" which is why don't you shut up in English. But it
was hilarious. And now everyone in Spain understands how
crazy Hugo Chavez is. But then what really made me happy was
when the Nicarauguan (??) president started interrupting
Zapatero and disagreeing, the King just got up and walked
out of the conference. I absolutely thought that was
amazing. Zapatero is a pretty amazing guy. Not many people
in Spain like him but I think he is doing a great job. But I
guess he doesn't get along with our president at all, which
is interesting. I guess Bush said that Zapatero is to never
set foot in the White House. But I don't remember where I
heard that from. Maybe I didn't but still it would sound
Oh and I started reading "Los
Diarios de Motocicletas" this weekend. About the Che and his
journals. It is in Spanish and I absolutely loving it. I
understand most of it but I figured that I should start
reading more in Spanish. And I also bought Alice in
Wonderland in Spanish too. So I will read them and see how
much I understand. I also went and saw a movie in Spanish.
Although it was "SuperSalidos" or SuperBad in English. It
was kind of funny and I understood most of it but we are
going to watch a Spanish-Spanish movie in December to see
how much we can understand. I really want to see this
animated movie that is coming out in December called "Donkey
Xote" It is the story of Don Quijote from the donkey's
perspective but the donkey looks just like the donkey from
Shrek. So I am excited.
I think that is most of the update I
have on my life. But I miss you all soo much and if you have
any questions just email!!
October 25, 2007
I am so happy to be in this country
because I am learning so many new things and meeting so many
new people. I am thinking about when I leave I am going to
be missing so much here and missing all my new friends. And
what is the craziest is that a month or so ago I was
counting down the days to go home and thought that this
seemed like it was going by so slow. But now it is moving
way too fast. I just want to slow down and see everything
and do everything but I know it is not possible so I am
going to stay in Spain and focus on things to see here so I
can go to other countries later in life. Therefore I am not
going to Morocco anymore. I am going camping in the Sierra
Nevada mountains though in a couple weekends. I am super
excited because you live like it was the century 18 or
something. It sounds really cool.
But I am dreading coming back to
campus because I am really nervous about my major. As of
right now I will be two or three credits short of a major
and being a senior and an education major I do not have any
time to take any more classes. I am already having to take
classes over the summer and not getting my diploma till then
anyway. I just wish that the credits would transfer back as
all Spanish and work out to my advantage. But I am trying my
hardest to try and fix this problem so I am contacting
people and taking extra things here to transfer back so in
all I should transfer back 21 credits supposedly but that is
too much so we will see. I have 5 classes during the day and
then 3 extra classes for just Central College students and
then I am volunteering with las señoras y señors here and
listening to stories and helping them with daily life. I am
excited but I do not know if that credit will transfer back
as credits or not. I talked to Veronica and she said they
might and they might not it depends on the home institution.
Which means probably not...sadly.
But I am loving it more and more and
if I don't get the major it is okay but I was kind of hoping
for one since I took the extra time to study in a Spanish
speaking country. But all is well. Sorry it took so long to
update. I will try to update more but who knows with time
flying by like it is. Miss you all!!
September 28, 2007
¡Hola! I have been in Spain for
almost two weeks now and I am really starting to enjoy
myself here. I like it a lot and I have found a lot of
different foods that I am enjoying. I was scared I might not
be able to find something I like, but I did!! I also signed
up to go on the Moroccan Exchange on Dec. 6 through the 9th.
So I will be going there to do a program that the Center
offers. It is pretty cheap and includes a lot of stuff. I am
excited about it. I posted pictures online, if you want to
see some of the sights. I will post more later but I will
try to do it weekly.
I went to a Flamenco show last night
and it was really beautiful but I thought that it would be a
little different. It was kind of slow and interrupted. I
thought that it was a lot more hand movements and not fast,
per say but definitely different than what I saw.
I have videos of it so I will try to
post some of those somewhere and will send that link. I am
going to the beach on Saturday and then to a Bullfight on
Sunday. I am not sure how to feel about the bullfight but I
think that I am in Spain and cannot have time to go to
another bullfight probably in my lifetime. So it might be
disgusting and against my beliefs but it is part of their
culture and I am supposed to be fitting in to this culture.
Well the link to my pictures is
community.webshots.com/user/preciousgirl626 . If that
does not work just go to
and then look up user preciousgirl626!
I hope all is well and if you have
any questions for me, email me!! I miss you all!
September 21, 2007
I have made it to Granada and it is
absolutely beautiful. My host family is nice, I don't think
they like me much but I am okay. I have been getting a
little sick but I am recovering, just a minor cold. I have
learned a lot of Spanish already and cannot wait for the
three months to learn even more.
I just think it is amazing to hear
so many different people speak Spanish in different ways. I
am used to hearing the Spanish from Mexico so hearing this
Spanish with a little lisp is kind of crazy. I am in the
lengua y cultura section and I like it a lot. It is a lot of
review right now but I think that is best for me. We have
been watching movies in Spanish to get our understanding
level up a little bit more. It helps and watching television
in my señora´s house is helping too.
The city is beautiful and I cannot
wait to see most of it. We have done a couple excursions to
places around the city and I will try to send some pics of
the amazing sights I have seen so far. And I cannot wait to
go to the Alhambra on Tuesday. That castle looks beautiful
and it has a lot of history and for those of you that know
me well know how much I like learning about history.
We have ten days off before classes
start on the 9th of October so I am planning to try to
travel to Poland and Amsterdam to see some historical sights
there. I would really like to see Auschwitz and some other
concentration camps in Poland. And I want to try to go to
Paris while I am here and visit with some friends and look
around Paris for a day or so.
I plan on going on the Moroccan
Exchange program here too. It's sounds like a lot of fun and
it is cheap to do so I might do that in November sometime. I
have met a lot of amazing people here from around the globe
and they are all super nice and it will be interesting to
keep in touch with them for the rest of my life. I think
that is about it but just keep checking for any signs of
updates. I will try to update at least weekly.