La plaza de los luceros. Where we met up with our families our first day here.
A beautiful city!!
Alicante is one of the prettiest cities i've ever seen. It is fairly large, around 300,00, but feels small because the center is so compact. It feels very beachy with light colored buildings, palm trees and the hot sun. It is very clean and feels less metropolitan than Madrid. The lifestyle here is very relaxed and I love it! My house is located in central downtown with the main shopping center a few streets away and the beach a ten minute walk. The beach is unbeleivable. It is a bit crowded at times because Alicante is a tourist destination but it is absolutely gorgeous. You can see the mountains in the background and the water is so clear and blue. I have gone everyday i have been here. I'm being careful not to get burnt
One of my first nights here our group took a walking tour of the city led by a girl who went on this trip through USAC years ago and ended up staying. It was good to get the feel of the city. I feel like finally i know my way around somewhat. There are tons of good restaurants and bars and
a top secret government building
the ice cream here is amazing...its so smooth. There are tons of cute clothing and shoe stores. I'm going to have to practice some self control in the shopping area.
Right along the beach there is a huge walkway called the explanada. A lot of people go here at night and there are street vendors and certain nights of the week there are bands that play. There is a big night life here which is why it is a bit loud at night. I have also had to get used to using public transportation. Living in a big city is so new to me and riding a bus is something i've never done. It was a little scary at first but we found out where to get on and off each day going to our university. We bought our bonobus (bus pass) which will give us 30 rides. The school is only three miles away but it takes about 25 minutes to get there with all the stops.
Also on our walking tour we went into a neighborhood called Santa Cruz. This is one of the cutest neighborhoods i've ever seen. The doors are bright colors, all white
a cool lookin statue thing
houses and flowers every where. You climb a bunch of steps and at the top is the best view of the city. It was gorgeous!! It gets very hot here during the day. It doesn't rain too often and the sun is always out. I am getting used to sweating a lot.
I'm sure I will be exploring the city a lot during my stay. I think it is a wonderful city to live in!
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