Quiéreme, Alicante, como te quiero a ti

Trip Start Dec 17, 2010
Trip End Apr 26, 2011

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Well, I have once again failed you.  This is two weeks in a row without leaving the city, but I don't mind.  The weather has been great and I've taken full advantage.  So far, it was my favorite weekend yet in Alicante. 

Friday afternoon I spent at the beach. For real.  In my swim suit and everything.  Please note that it's still February.  Don't get too jealous though, because temps are supposed to start dropping fast.  Today it's already a little cloudy and misty.  After the beach, I climbed up to the castle with some friends.  I passes a florist, and she gave me a flower for my hair.  At night I went out for sangria and tapas.  We found a place that sells tapas in the Andalucian style, meaning you just have to order a drink and they bring food with it.   

Yesterday, I had a perfect Spanish morning.  I sat by the beach with some friends and had fresh orange juice and toast with olive oil.  We sat for over an hour just chatting.  The waiters don't try to rush you to pay your bill and you don't try to rush the waiter.  The only time crunch we had was wanting to spend the sunniest hours of the afternoon at the beach again.  I have to keep reminding myself to appreciate these moments and that this is probably going to be the only time in my life where I can just focus on enjoying myself.

Once again I spent the afternoon lounging by the beach and eating a picnic lunch.  This time I actually went all the way in the water.  Just for a second.  It was so cold.  Then we just laid out and played beachey games.  I still have sand everywhere, especially in my hair, but I think the combination of the sand, salt, and sun has an overall good effect.  

Before dinner I did a bunch of homework.  I have another set of finals coming up on Friday, so I had a lot of catching up to do.  Then I spent the evening catching up on some American tv shows.  I'm only allowing myself How I Met Your Mother and Glee while I'm here.  I don't have nearly as much free time here as I do back home.  Finally, I knocked out hard for the night.  I slept over 12 hours.  I'm grateful for it, because during the week there's so much to do and I don't want to miss anything so I've only been averaging 4 or 5 hours.  Believe it or not, I generally feel just fine.  Probably because I'm eating healthier.  

Today I woke up and went to mass.  I understood almost everything, even the announcements at the end.  I almost never understand the announcements at the end because I have to figure it out without knowing the context.  Obviously, my Spanish isn't perfect yet, but it's getting better.  I guess I kind of expected to be fluent by now.  Reality check.

We had baked chicken for lunch.  I asked if I could have the same thing for dinner because it was so good.  We listened to music while we ate and the song Unchained Melody came on.  My host mom asked me to translate the words.  Good thing that song is so slow.  She gave me a mix cd.  My favorite is called "La gata bajo la lluvia" by Rocio Durcal.  It's beautiful even if you can't understand it, and it's pretty sad if you can.  

Next weekend is Carnival in Alicante.  It's kind of a mix of Mardi Gras and Halloween.  I need to find a costume.  I'll have pictures.  Hasta Pronto!                
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Grandpa on

Elaine. I have sent you e-mails to the .edu and .net addresses and both have been rejected as being inactive accounts. Straighten me out would you. Thanks

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