We had a Puente last weekend, which means like a long weekend. Friday was "Dia del Trabajo" aka work day. So it was a National holiday and everyone had the day off. A teacher from Cecilia's school was going to Huelva because her fiance went to school there. So we got a ride with them Thursday evening after school. The ride was about 3 hours and of course it was all windy and crazy, so I wasn't feeling so hot. But we finally got to Punta Umbria, which is like a peninsula in Huelva. They drove us to our hotel, the Pato Amarillo (yellow duck), and then went to their hotel. Ours was decent, we had a very big balcony that looked over the pool/courtyard and out to the ocean. It was a great view.
Friday morning we woke up and had breakfast at the hotel then went out to the beach. We walked for a bit because the beach was all shells, like whole, beautiful shells. So we picked up a bunch, then went to lay on the beach for a while. We met Ceci's teacher and her fiance for lunch
at a restaurant right on the beach by our hotel. We had some of the best sangria I've ever had, and a bunch of fried fish and shimp cakes which were amazing! Then they drove us into the city to show us around and we walked around a cute pedestrian street and got coffee and ice cream. Then they took us back to our hotel and left because they were going to visit his family. We spent a little more time on the beach, then went back to our hotel room and made pb&j sandwiches for dinner and just relaxed in the hotel room.
Saturday morning we had breakfast then went back out to the beach. We did some more walking and got more shells then layed on the beach again. It was hot and extremely windy, so we only stayed for a while. We went back to the hotel and layed at the pool for a bit, then went back to the room to eat sandwiches for lunch. Then we went back to the pool. There was a spanish family of a woman, her sister and 2 kids near us at the pool. They were playing charades and we
were watching and trying to guess as well. It was pretty funny. After spending the day at the pool we took a nap and then showered and left the hotel to find something for dinner. MOst of the restaurants were closed because it isnt tourist season yet, so we couldn't really find anything. WE just went back to the hotel and had dinner there which wasn't too bad.
Sunday morning Ceci's teacher and Alberto picked us up and drove us to his family's house in the country for his cousin's 28th birthday party. WE couldn't find it at first because it was way out in the country and Alberto hadn't been there in a few years. But we finally found it! Most of his LARGE family was there. They greeted us with lots of drinks, grilled meats and plates of meats, cheeses, breads, etc. After all of THAT food, we then had paella, which was quite delicious. The men kept trying to get us to drink this famous liquor drink here that is like a sweet apple wine and couldn't believe we didn't want it. They were HAMMERED and one guy passed out in
the chair, haha. After the paella, we had strawberries, which are famous from that region, and then we had a huge cake as well. It was so much food! The house was beautiful, 7 bedrooms, lots of flowers, very pretty house. We spent a majority of the day there, so we finally had to leave because we all had to work monday morning. It felt like a long drive home, but it was a fun weekend.
Ceci and I have been talking about making bacon cheese burgers forever, so Thursday night we decided to have people over to make burgers. We had tons of food and it was so good. Ceci's teacher, Mari Carmen, the one who drove us to Huelva, came. She had never had a real hamburger. Apparently they only have McDonald's burgers here. Haha. We ended up playing cards forever. It was a really fun night!
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