Week 2 is complete and I feel like I’ve been here for a month. And no, I don’t mean it in a bad way at all. I’ve just been bombarded with history and culture all so fast. The cool thing about it is that I can’t really escape any of it-which is what I hoped for. A full immersion.
From the moment I wake to the time I fall asleep, I get more and more information as broad as the city’s old structures to how to formally ask a professor for an early exam. Besides that, I’m also living with a host family of three; Tono, Titina, and their daughter Natalia. Luckily for me, they’re a great match, each member offers me something different.
As you can imagine, my host mother is a great cook. Her meals always differ by day so I’m always looking forward to try something new especially for lunch (the biggest meal of the day). The best part is that she’s actually from Italy, so occasionally Titina will incorporate an Italian dish into the Spanish meals. My host dad on the other hand, is able to offer me previews to all of my excursions. He is truly a man of wonders, he seems to know a lot about everything. Now that I think of it, he did say he studied history. Natalia is really cool too, she’s very much into fitness and health which I love. I typically don’t see her much during the week but that’s because she’s a Pilates instructor. When I do see her, she always makes sure to tell me about the best places for youngsters to visit.
So, now that I talked a bit about my host family, I’d like to move onto some of the places I’ve visited in and outside of Alicante. Well, on Saturday the program and I visited Valencia, the capital of the region. I saw the Cathedral, city hall, the market and a few museums. Overall, it was a cool place but very similar to Alicante.
During the week, I visited the second closest beach to my house, La Playa de San Juan. And my oh my it was beautiful! Yuri (a friend from the program) and I decided to head to the beach after classes at the most convenient time – Siesta. If your not familiar with Siesta, it’s the time of day when everyone in Spain usually takes a mid-day nap so shops are typically closed, and it’s oddly quiet in the streets. The sunset that evening at the beach was spectacular, the sky was pink and blue like cotton candy!
Fast forward to today, I’m currently in Barcelona and I’ll make sure to tell you all about it next week!