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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga February 4th 2011

After a relaxing three week winter break, the time had come to return to my current home, SPAIN. The process of getting from Minneapolis to Málaga proved to be less than simple though.... here's what happened: Amanda decided to visit when I went back, which was very nice, the trip is so long; it was great to have a companion. We arrived in Atlanta without any problems. BUT THEN, we were bumped from the flight to Madrid. So we ended up taking a flight to New York and stayed the night with our lovely cousin Brenda. She was so wonderfully hospitable to put us up in a moments notice, we were so thankful! The next day we took a flight to Barcelona from JFK but when we checked-in our luggage was still in Atlanta and some ... read more
Chillin in Vélez
Yummy Tostada
Alcazaba

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga February 2nd 2011

Living in a foreign country with an American poses many obstacles to true cultural immersion. To find yourself entirely independent of all American comforts is rare, unless you truly push yourself. They say that it is easy to stay in the "American bubble"- which means hanging with Americans, speaking English and involving yourself in American activities. When you live abroad, whether it be volunteering, studying, living or simply traveling- to shake all the comforts of home and put yourself in compromising, vulnerable, uncomfortable and usually awkward position is not easy and one must be very brave. I am proud to say that I have finally gotten to the point where I can independently travel abroad, go places and experience people without hesitation. Well...at least in Spanish speaking countries. I am fortunate enough to be teaching adults ... read more
Spanish Guitar
Flamenco Singer
Spanish Friends

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga January 22nd 2011

Although Malaga is apart of the mainland Spain, it was similar to the other two islands, the history really stood out. It was discovered over 2,000 years ago by the Philistines, and was conquered by the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs, and ultimately the Spanish. We managed to see quiet a lot for only 3 hours. We saw A Bull Ring along with the museum. This museum had stuffed bulls, and pictures of original Matadors. The stadium is more of a training stadium, there are 25 games a year and most of the matadors go to Mexico, Venezuela, and mainland Spain. Then we saw a very old castle from the 14th century built by the Muslims. This castle is half original and half recreated. Most of the steps of the castle were destroyed but were ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga December 31st 2010

Malaga was a cold, harsh, and damp mistress. We arrived to chilly, wet weather and decided on the hop-on hop-off bus which goes to all the major highlights. Unfortunately when the weather is not cooperating this really is not the best way to see the city. Open-air double-deckers offer the best views when you ride on the top floor. We did have some moments of sun, and when we popped our heads out the city was beautiful. The bus took us through the core city which is an interesting mixture of historic Arab and Spanish architecture as well as modern buildings. There is quite a bit to see in the city. Pablo Picasso was born here. There is an active bullfighting ring. The cliffs overlooking the city are home to remains of an Arab fortress, and ... read more
Malaga all dressed up for Christmas
Bullfighting Ring of Malaga
Alcazaba

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga December 21st 2010

Poured with rain all night. Windy, wet and thunder storms in the morning so we decided to stay another day. Relaxing and blogging! ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga December 7th 2010

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga November 9th 2010

It's November 9th. Have I really been in Spain for nearly two months? Time has flown by, I think when there are so many new things to become accustomed to, it's easy to forget how fast it's all happening. Although, I am thrilled that I have a solid sense of my schedule and am in a nice little routine. My life has truly begun as a Spaniard! I really couldn't be happier with my job. I think I said this in the last entry but I am teaching adults, at an official language school and they are fantastic! They want to learn and are curious about my topics of conversation. My friends from my program are all teaching children and they say most days are very unorganized and incredibly stressful because the kids are off the ... read more
Alhambra
A Light Dinner
Alhambra

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga October 28th 2010

Happy Birthday to Abby! She is 3 years old today. We docked in the port of Malaga at 7:00AM after another night of smooth sailing. We had a good buffet breakfast and were off the ship at 8:30 for a half day of touring. Malaga is a bustling city with a heavy rush hour (just like home) except the cars and scooters are still smaller than American vehicles. FYI, the price of gas in all three Spanish ports has been about 1.10-1.20 euro per liter which is about $7.00 per gallon. Our tour went to a picturesque little village of Mijas about a half hour away, on the hills 1200 feet above the Costa del Sol (one of the popular Spanish beaches). Mijas has been kept looking as authentic as possible, reflecting the early lifestyle of ... read more
Mijas Spain
Kathy and a Donkey
Janet & David

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga October 3rd 2010

¡Saludos desde España! The blog is back up and ready to go for my newest adventure-SPAIN! I arrived September 20th and have been sucked into a whirlwind of new sights, sounds and experiences. My first week was all orientation, in Sevilla, which was completely overwhelming, as most orientations are. Gobs information crammed into 3 days- they definitely could have spread it out over at least 5. So, orientation was full of presentations and speakers about housing, banking, cell phones, internet, cultural norms, traveling, teaching our English classes and a WHOLE lot of other topics. Although orientation itself was a drag, we did go to a flamenco show, which was absolutely incredible! Flamenco is Spain's traditional dance and has a deep roots in the culture. It has an amazing history but I won't start on that, this ... read more
Sevilla
Sevilla
Sevilla

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga August 24th 2010

Hvis vi troede at Barcelona var et varmt sted har vi maattet aendre vores opfattelse af varme. De sidste par dage har vi spenderet i sydspanien, naermere bestemt Granada, Sevilla og Malaga. Alle steder med godt vejr og hvis der ikke var fest foer vi ankom, soergede vi for at skabe det. Granada var baade flot og morsom, det hjalp ogsaa lidt at det hostel vi boede paa var mega luksus og fest. Den tapas vi fik gratis med oellen vi den bar vi tog til var dog skuffende. Sevilla var en ganske forladt by, og hostellet var ligesaa forladt.. Vi fik dog skabt en vild fest for 5 personer sidste aften dèr hvor vi ikke naaede i seng foer vores tog gik fra stationen. Vi missede toget, men endte til sidst i Malaga paa et ... read more




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