November 2009
9 posts
Nov 27th
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Sevilla, Sevilla
We crammed 45 or so Spaniards and Americans into one flat in to share the tradition of Thanksgiving with one another. I should have mentally prepared myself for all of the food…better yet, I dove in and ate like it was my last meal. I haven’t been around so many English-speaking people since my arrival in Spain, so it was weird adjusting the other way around. Sevilla itself was...
Nov 26th
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Giving Thanks.
¡Feliz día de Acción de Gracias! This year I have a lot to be thankful for, and being thousands of miles away from home has only accentuated for whom or what I am grateful. It’s strange waking up on Thanksgiving Day, one of the most cherished American holidays, and pretending it is just a regular day. A trip to the biggest supermarket in Algeciras proved unsuccessful in providing any...
Nov 26th
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Nov 20th
Mi Cumple Española
After twenty two years of cold, rainy, windy birthdays, I couldn’t have been more excited to celebrate in Europe’s sunniest country with the other au pairs. EJ, Kristin and I definitely wanted to get out of town for the weekend, and with a modest budget, public transportation and some last-minute planning to work with, had limited options. We considered throwing darts on a map, but...
Nov 20th
Nov 13th
Cádiz
On Tuesday, my host mom offered to take the other aupairs and I to Cádiz for the morning. She had a quick work meeting, and we had freetime, so we all hopped in the car for the hour or so drive through the Andalusian countryside. We winded up and down the rolling hills until we were at sea-level, passing through Tarifa (a popular beach town and a kite-surfers paradise) and continued on until we...
Nov 13th
Nov 2nd
Gibraltar.
Situated on the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula as well as across the bay and out my bedroom window is Gibraltar. Gibraltar is a U.K. territory and the Gibraltarian people are a racial and cultural fusion of mixed descent: Genoese, Maltese, Portugese and Andalusian. The majority are bilingual and speak both British English as well as Andalusian Spanish, as well as Llanito, an eclectic...
Nov 2nd