Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Big time lesson learned.

Well, life can't always be picture perfect. Definitely learned that the hard way yesterday. I won't beat around the bush -- I got my camera, wallet, and iPod all stolen. :( Ughh. It was my fault though, was sitting on a bench eating lunch and my backpack was behind me, and I was turned away from it. I guess somehow some ladron must have snuck in to the front pocket of my bag, saw the wallet, got pumped, and then hit the jackpot when they saw the camera too! Oh wait, and then they must have really been flying high when they found the iPod inside the wallet. Gah. So you can imagine I've had a pretty rough past 24 hours. I've done all I can do though, filed a police report, cancelled the card, got a new one shipped, etc. I'll figure out about the camera and the iPod, I'm just bummed because tomorrow we're going to Barcelona and despite how totally excited I am/was to go, it's a little hard now to be going 1, with no money and 2, camera-less. So for Barcelona I'm going to have to be on my A game in photographic memory and trying to articulate everything to you, and I'll have to steal from Ky and Adrienne also. But, whatevs. Can't win every day. Life can't always be perfect studying abroad. I'm sure now I'll be one of those people at the abroad meetings that tells their story -- the one that you pity but then think it'll never happen to you. GAH, my life.

Anyway, I still need to tell you about our Granada trip! It was really great! So we left early Saturday morning, around 9, and got there around 12:30. We had a little bit of free time just to check into our rooms and get all set. So we checked in, it was Daysy, Ky, and I in our room. (Don't know if I said this earlier or not but Adrienne didn't go because she's not in our program anymore because she's graduating..and so she didn't go on the trip because it was just our program!) So after checking in Daysy and I walked around a little bit and then headed back to the hotel, where we all had lunch. THIS HOTEL LUNCH WAS SICK! Straight up BUFFET, all you can EAT! It was awesome. Salad bar, cooked veggies, cooked meat, chicken, paella, desserts! Anything. It was great. So after we all pigged out, we headed out for the town! We started at Mirador de San Nicolas, which is like an amazing view in Granada of the Alhambra, and then walked through the town with a tour guide!

It was a really cute town and I really liked walking through it and getting the occasional talk and some occasional history, only problem was that it RAINED! Luckily, most people had umbrellas so I could easily get under one! Ky wasn't so lucky. She got pretty drenched, but it was funny afterwards! So we walked through the cool part was when we walked to a convent, and bought muffins from a nun! It was cool haha..we never actually saw her, but she used a lazy susan to give them to us. Interesting!
Anyway, we ended up at Capilla Real at the end, which is like a very old and famous church. It was gorgeous and definitely interesting, but sometimes I get easily bored! Can't help it. But I really liked it and it was cool to see. But after that we walked through a "hippie" street, it was filled with "tettorias" (aka teahouses) and little shops. So we split into groups and went and got tea! It was AMAZING and so cute in there. Our group got the house special, which was pretty amazing..very similar to chai and just delicious! Felt so great too because it had been raining so much that day, so tea was just the perfect thing to warm up! :)

Anyway, after that we headed back to the hotel for a bit, which was really close to the tea place. After that, CIEE gave us money to go out for tapas! We were pumped. We ended up going to this Moroccan tapa place, which was SO delicious oh my gosh! I got couscous, spinach, and cauliflower. BEST COUSCOUS I've ever had in my life! It had garbanzo beans, sweet onions, and carrots in it..OH MY GOD SO GOOD! And so we were there for a while, probably until around midnight! And after that, we didn't really feel like going out because we'd had a long day, so we just hit up some ice cream, which of course is never a bad choice, and then headed back to the hotel! Ky and I had fun though, because we just ended up laying in our beds talking, watching youtube videos, and laughing for a while! We were happy because we always talk about how we can't have sleepovers here, so it was fun just to have a relaxing night!

So the next morning we got up, had breakfast in the hotel, and then headed out for another day of sightseeing! We went first to the Generalife, which was like a garden area with some old ruins and an amazing view of the Alhambra, and then we went into the Alhambra itself. Absolutely huge and gorgeous. I took so many pictures! Can't really explain it in words. Again, I promise, once I get the pictures, I'll do a solo picture blog just of Granada! But the tour took probably a good 3 1/2 hours, and so it was pretty exhausting, but still cool to see everything! So by the time it was over, we had to walk back to our hotel, and then we were all starving for lunch, which of COURSE was just as great as Saturday's! So we got lunch, and then boarded the bus to come home! It seems so short, but it was definitely worth it and we got a lot into just two days! Got home Sunday night, and was totally exhausted of course!

Life's been pretty solid since then, apart from what happened yesterday of course. Just doing the normal -- classes and all! Had a midterm in one of my CIEE classes -- the communications one today, think it went ALRIGHT...wouldn't say I coned it but I don't think too bad! I'm getting pretty busy with school work so that's a bit stressful, but what can ya do. It was a pretty fast week and I can't believe we're going to Barcelona TOMORROW! Also can't believe I'm going camera-less, and money-less, but it's fine.

Well, I'm sure my next post will be a bit better once Barcelona brings me out of the depths of despair! Haha, but thanks for reading and sticking with me! And TO EVERYONE - WATCH YOUR STUFF ALLLLL THE TIMEEEEEE!!! GAHHH! I'm never letting go of my backpack again in my life.


Escribiré cuando regreso de Barcelona! :)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Under 3 months..WHAT?

Okay, definitely realized today that I go home in less than 3 months. June 10th. HOLY CRAP! I can't even fathom that. SO WEIRD!! On one hand it feels like I just got here, but on the other hand it feels like I've lived here forever. So like GAH I don't know. Whatever, 3 months. Just thought I'd first share that thought.

I'd say it was a pretty busy couple of weeks after coming back from Madrid! I only had three days of class which was really nice, because we had that Monday off and then Friday I don't have classes :) So the week went by pretty fast! The weekend...a little bit insane. Well actually, only friday night, but still. So here goes, it was the holiday Carnaval. Aka, Spain's rager before lent starts. So people pretty much dress up in costumes and party the weekend away. The big event is in Cádiz, so friday night, Ky, Adrienne and I took the night train..left at 9:45PM to Cádiz in our costumes to celebrate Carnaval! We had gone out earlier that day to buy costumes! Adrienne was a cowgirl, Ky was a pirate, and I was who I thought was Robin Hood but I had MANY SPANISH PEOPLE calling me Peter Pan all night, so take your pick I guess!

On the train in costume!

Getting more in character..


So, we got there probably around 11:30 I wanna say. We had made some Spanish friends on the train on the way there so they kind of showed us where to go, thank GOD, because we all agreed we would have had no idea what to do by ourselves. So we got to kind of the place where everyone was, and basically what it was was a huge cluster of Spanish people in costumes drinking. Can't say I was a huge fan of it, but we did stay for a while and had some fun talking to people and such! There wasn't as many people when we went, because most people go Saturday night. But we all said we were glad we went friday because THAT alone was enough people for us! Our only problem was that we were kind of over the whole party thing by like 4am, but our train back to Sevilla didn't leave until 6:55! So we ended up sitting outside the train station a good hour, which it was freezing. But we did end up making some Spanish friends who were also waiting. I'm sure it looked pretty ridiculous, a bunch of people sitting outside a train station in costumes. But it's fine. Gotta love Spain. The train station finally opened up at 5:30, so I was thrilled thinking that it would be warmer in there. Nope. Fail. So pretty much we all froze until we finally got on the train around 6:30! Once I hit the train, I was so exhausted, slept the entire way home. We got back to Sevilla around 8:30AM, so I finally was home and in bed by 9! Ahh, what a night. We all were saying we probably wouldn't go back, but we were glad we experienced it!

So you can imagine Saturday wasn't a very successful day for me. I slept until about 12:30, which still wasn't much sleep, but whatevs. So I hung out for a bit, made myself some much needed coffee, and was lazy for a while! After lunch, I went out for a run which was good, just to get outside, and then came home, and really didn't do a whole lot! I got some work done which was good, but then I kind of laid low for the night because A) I was tired and B) I was getting up early the next morning to HIKE!

Sunday I went hiking in Grazalema! It was the same deal as the last hike I went on with Ky and Adrienne, only this time I was flying solo. Neither of them could come which was a bummer but some other people from my program that I know went so it was really fun! The bus left around 9, we stopped for a café, and so we probably got there around 11 and started hiking. It was FREEZING when we started, but as we started walking it got a lot nicer! I liked this hike a LOT better than the first one, because the view was amazing anywhere we were! There were also a ton of animals on this hike, which I can say I'm not really an animal person, but seeing cows just hanging out was pretty cool!

So we hiked until we got to the top, and by that time it was about two, so we stopped and had lunch where we had a really great view! It was so nice there, I seriously could have stayed there forever. I felt like Maria from the Sound of Music! Climb every mountain, and the HILLS WERE SO ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC! Gah, it was just great! The pictures don't even do it justice.


I love this picture because one of the guys that leads the hike took it for me and thought if he took it slanted it would look like I'm falling. Not so much, but gotta love it! Haha!


So after lunch we walked for a little longer, and ended the hike at the little pueblo Benecaoz. It was a cute little down, so once we got there we stopped at a café place and rested, and then the bus picked us up to head home! The other part though that I have to say I really loved about the hike was that we all talked in Spanish a ton! It was really good. It's so easy here to just talk in english all the time, but we talked a ton in Spanish on the hike and it was great because I.NEEED.PRACTICE! Our group leader for the hike, who is also my program director, even told me I've improved since I got here! HOW AWESOME IS THAT! I mean I totally don't think I have, but I'll take her word.

So Sunday was obviously a great day! Then of course, a week full of classes. Nothing too exciting happened in classes, except one of my professors, for Crítica Literaria, didn't show ALL week. We found out it was because he was sick, but still, it's SO weird how different it is here! No e-mails from professors, none of that professional stuff to say no class..just no shows. But whatevs, it worked for me! I felt like I had a lot of work this week, though. I had to finish reading/sparknoting the Odyssey, which I did try to read the Spanish version or at least skim it so that did take me a while, and this week (yesterday) I started visiting bars for my journalism project! So it was a pretty busy week, and it's nice to have the weekend. We're going to Granada tomorrow which I'm SO excited about! I don't really know a ton about Granada, but like I said, I just love visiting new places and seeing all the new stuff there! So, since I've got to wake up at 7AM to be ready to catch the bus at 8:30, I should probably get some shut eye!

PS - Just before I go, gotta say one thing you'll love. The other day, my host mom, Maribel and I, TOTALLY BONDED OVER SWEATPANTS! She is JUST like me. Sweats all the time! We were talking about it because she was telling me that day she never changed out of her pajamas! And I said I LOVE that and that's the perfect day! She agreed and we bonded about it forever. SWEATS FOR LIFE! Gah, I just loved it so much. I really love my host mom, and my dad too! I think I got a great family! Maribel is so great, cooks WONDERFUL FOOD, always asking if I ever need anything, always helps me out, and my dad is always asking me about how my day is and how things are going! He also loves telling me about what's on TV! So great. They're a great family and I'm so blessed!

You can tell I'm tired because I'm just rambling. Woops. Alright, well, time for me to go to bed. Tomorrow, GRANADA! I'll be sure to blog soon after! Thanks for reading.
Buenas noches,

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Ohhhhh my gosh. Okay, so forgive me if this ends up being 948209349384 years long, but seriously, it’s going to need to be. I spent the past weekend in Madrid and it was nothing short of amazing! I’m back in Sevilla now, we got back late Monday night, but wow, let me just get right into my time in Madrid!

So we left early Friday morning, our bus was at 9am. Of course, when you live in Sevilla, this means getting up at seven, breakfast at 7:30, walking out of the house by 8 in order to be settled and ready in the bus station by 8:30 to be ready to go. Also, when your friend Ky decides to misplace her bus ticket the night before, being early is crucial. Of course, the situation was made even more complex because Adrienne had bought Ky’s ticket on her card, so Ky’s name wasn’t on the list. Finally the lady found it under Adrienne’s name. GAHH. So after we sorted that situation out, (they printed her a new one), we headed down and eventually boarded the bus.

Little did Adrienne and I know when we picked our seats online, but we had picked the HANDICAPPED SEATS SO WE HAD A TON OF EXTRA ROOM THE WHOLE RIDE THAT WE WERE SOOOOO EXCITED ABOUT! Ah, it was bliss. The ride there was pretty smooth, it was 6 hours long, but it really didn’t seem that long. We stopped about three hours in for a break, which was GREAT because anyone who knows me knows that I cannot go more than ten minutes without having to pee. We got to Madrid around 3:15, and then came the worst part. The walk to our hostel. First of all, it was somewhat intimidating having the bus drop you off in a huge city you know absolutely nothing about, with three other girls (our friend Daisy joined us) and nothing but a hostel address and a map. Luckily, Adrienne, as always, took charge and got us there. It was NOT a fun walk though. I had a backpack and a carry on suitcase, and two layers of jackets I had to take off because it was SO HOT! Everyone had told me that Madrid was going to be colder than Sevilla, but that day, not so much. So it probably took us a good 45 minutes to get to our hostel, Magda Hostel, and by the time we got there, I was definitely sweating. Our OTHER friend, Daysy (not to be confused with Daisy #1 that I already talked about) had already checked in and met us there too. So we checked in, and it was a pretty nice hostel. We had a 6-person room, so it was the five of us and our other roomie from Norway, Olga. They had two bathrooms for everyone to share, which did get a little tricky in the mornings when it was a cluster to get in the shower, but for the most part, not too many problems.

So after we got in, we made our beds, settled in our stuff, and then headed out to explore Madrid! Didn’t take too long for the first fail of the journey. Daysy needed to go to an ATM to take money out, right? Normal. So she goes to take it out. Puts her card in, it doesn’t work the first time. Naturally, as anyone would, she tries again. BIGGEST MISTAKE. The machine ate her card. She couldn’t get it back. Mind you, it’s Friday after five and the bank is closed until Monday. She had four euros on her at the time. She left her emergency card in Sevilla. If this was me, I probably would have freaked out, cried, called my mom and made her book me a flight home. But Daysy handled it better than I could ever have! She talked to the people on the phone IN SPANISH, but they couldn’t really help her. So she went back to the hostel, and ended up getting it all figured out, card cancelled, etc and got euros wired to her for the weekend! So that was set. So her card remains in that Madrid ATM and its fate is unknown, but at least it was all handled!

So after this ordeal, Ky, Adrienne, and I went to meet up with our friend Andi Lau, from GORDON studying in Madrid! We met her at Puente de Sol, which is like the main meeting spot in Madrid! Huge fountains, tons of stores, tons of people. Very cool. After meeting up with her, I had one thing on my mind that I wanted to hit first. I had heard that there was a DUNKS in Madrid, so I HAD TO FIND IT!!!! So we found that, and I was overjoyed!

Overjoyed, that is, until I ordered. Of course, I can’t get what I want when it comes to coffee here. No French vanilla, no skim milk..gah. So I ordered an iced coffee with milk, which the menu had said cost 1.90. When the man told me 3.30, I was a bit confused, but apparently Spain considers coffee and milk an iced latte, which was 3.30. I DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS COUNTRY AND COFFEE. NEVER HAVE NEVER WILL. Well, down to four months until I’m reunited with GOOD coffee. I miss you Dunks. Can’t wait. The coffee wasn’t bad, but nothing special either. But I was happy that I had at least found Dunks and got to pretend for a few seconds that I was home.

So after that, Andi showed us el Parque de Retiro. I’m not one to usually like parks, but this place was ABSOLUTELY amazing looking! So many pretty sights, cute buildings, and a nice body of water. It got even more beautiful when the sun set, and so hence we obviously went crazy taking pictures. But really it was so beautiful and definitely one of my favorite parts of Madrid!!

(I know this is blurry but THE COOLEST PICCC right! The sunset was gorgeous!)

So by the time we left the park it was about 8, and we were starving. The bocadillos (sandwiches) our señoras had packed us for lunch were wearing off fast! So the three of us wanted to find some cheap dinner somewhere. Usually in Sevilla that’s not hard, because you can find any tapa place and order two or three tapas that are cheap, but good sized and fill you up! Madrid…not so much. It was almost impossible for us to find a tapa place, we searched high and low, and no such luck. We ended up in a restaurant that had told us there were tapas, but not really. We split croquetas and a salmon pasta dish. Croquetas were solid, some filled with chicken, the others ham. Salmon pasta…NOT so much. First problem, normally when I see the word pasta, I think of noodles. Not necessarily a croissant. This thing came out as raw salmon in a croissant type thing with cheese and a mayonnaise-y type of dressing. I mean it wasn’t AWFUL, there were parts where I actually enjoyed what I was tasting, but definitely nothing I’d get again. But hey, we got food, and that’s what was important!

So after dinner, we made our way back to the hostel, which was pretty close to everything, which was really nice. Later on, we met Andi again, along with her friend Erica, who apparently was Miss Teen Iowa which is pretty SICK, to do some bar hopping and explore the bars of Madrid. Okay, another LARGE difference between Sevilla and Madrid…YOU CAN GET SO MANY FREE DRINKS IN MADRID! I had TWO free Sangrias, and after that a few of them even got free beer! We all know how I am about beer, so I passed that opportunity up, but still! So weird. Bars just want to give everything away! Sadly, they all hope that you stay in them all night, but we were pretty quick to bounce after we had our drinks! After that, we went to El Palacio, another place that was giving out free drinks. I passed up the offer, BUT we stayed at this one all night because of the DANCE FLOOR! We were a few of the first people to start dancing (it was early..12ish), but eventually it got pretty full and it was really fun! My other two friends, Brittany and Brittany (weird that all of my friends have the same names?) found us there too! It was awesome.

So we all ended up dancing together and staying until about 2:30 in the morning! Kind of weak I guess for Spain time, but we had had a busy day!

So we headed for bed! The next morning was Saturday, and we all got up relatively early for how late we’d been out…but we didn’t want to miss the free breakfast at the hostel! Gotta travel cheap. Haha! Breakfast was nothing special, just toast and coffee and stuff, but it was good! It was always kind of a cluster with all the people in the hostel scrounging around for food, seats, and all sharing one microwave and toaster oven, but it worked! So after that, Daysy and I ran for a bit around the city! It was cool to run by all the new sights and stuff. After that, we all went out for the day! We met Andi again at Puente de Sol, and she took us to Plaza Mayor, which is like a big plaza with restaurants, some touristy attractions, some shopping, etc! Photos below OBVI! We also walked by the Palacio Real, a famous palace, but didn’t go in, just took pictures from the outside and dreamed of being on the inside.

Palacio Real..WE ARE THE WORLD!

Plaza Mayor

THE EXACT CENTER OF ALL OF SPAIN! How sick is that! Most famous meeting point!

After that, she showed us Spain’s version of Quincy Market, only more classy and the food looked way better! Can't remember the name. So we walked through that and tried not to let our mouths water too much. IT WAS TOUGH.

After that, we went to have lunch at a park-ish thing by the Opera House. Of course we took pictures, had lunch, and enjoyed the afternoon.

We then visited Madrid’s version of the Plaza de España, which by the way Sevilla’s version COMPLETELY conquers. Madrid’s is cute, statue of Don Quijote, some nice trees, but Sevilla’s is way better!

And so then after that, we plunked ourselves on some grass and relaxed for a bit, which was really fun. Two of her friends, Mandy and Krystal, who are also at the University of Madrid, met up with us there and then we all went to an AMAZING coffee place, Faborit! I got ICED COFFEE WITH SOYMILK IN IT! That, I can officially say, was Spain doing coffee RIGHT..for ONCE! So pleased. So we hung out there for a bit, and then at six the Prado museum opened up to the public for FREE! So we of course hit that up. I can’t say I was enthralled, I mean, it’s a museum. But I do love the paintings of Velazquez and Murillo, and Goya’s were pretty good too! Place is seriously HUGE though, I would totally have gotten lost if I was by myself.

After that, we left our friends, and Adrienne, Ky, and I got pizza for dinner and ate it in the Puente de Sol. Probably the most intimidating place I’ve ever gotten pizza from. You get in line, they scream at you, asking you to pick your two selections from all that are in front of you, grab what you want, they throw it in the toaster, you move up and pay as fast as you can. Seriously, like it was intense. I can’t really put it into words how scared I was, but all I can say is don’t get in line if you don’t know what you want! I had part of a veggie calzone, and a piece of caprese pizza! Delish.

After that, we had a big night ahead of us. We went back to the hostel for a bit to freshen up and change, then headed out to meet Andi, Erica, Krystal, and Mandy at a Hawaiian bar. THIS PLACE WAS SICK! So you order one drink to split between 6 people, and it comes out in a VOLCANO!!!! The drink we ordered was called Dr. Fuzz. No idea what was in it, but it was fruity and delicious! They then give you peanuts, fried corn, ham sandwiches, and chips! Oh, and don’t forget the lays and flowers to dress you up! It was awesome, so much fun and only cost 6 euro! Great experience, and very cool place.


After that, we walked around a bit with them, and then they left us, because we had BIG plans for the night! Madrid’s famous club is KAPITAL. 7 different floors, bars on every one, karaoke, insane amounts of people, etc. So around 1, we met up with a bunch of our friends and got in line for that! We got in around 1:30, had some drinks at the bar, and then danced the night away! I’ll be honest, I think the place is a little hyped up for what it was. It was pretty crowded, and pretty hard to move, and the dance floors were somewhat small, but it was still a SICK place! There were shows that went on on stage, and the BEST part was when a cloud of smoke/air would shoot down from the ceiling! Happened every 15 minutes or so. It was wicked cool, you definitely couldn’t see anything when it happened and every time Adrienne Ky and I said we thought one of us was going to disappear! So that club was fun, but not like out of this world. We left at like 5:30am, of course, the Spain way! Felt great.

Next morning, woke up relatively early..9ish, didn’t want to miss breakfast, and we didn’t want to waste the day sleeping either. So we had breakfast, Daysy and I ran again (not entirely sure how I got the energy to do so, but after I woke up surprisingly I was alive and ready to face the day! Adrienne..not exactly. And let’s just say Ky skipped breakfast.) But afterwards we went to la Reina Sofia, aka a modern art museum, which had Picasso’s Guernica!!! SOO COOL, and absolutely surreal to be standing in front of. There was more cool modern art there too, but I was kind of dead from my lack of sleep the night before to really be looking at a million different paintings. Regardless, the museum was cool!

After that we got lunch and ate in Puente de Sol, which was nice! Our plan after that WAS to go to a street flea market that they have apparently every Sunday, but we got there around 4, and it was closed! Early bird gets the worm I guess. So after that, we were all pretty tired, so we went back to the hostel and chilled for a bit! But Ky, Adrienne and I didn’t want to waste time and still wanted to see more of MADRID! So, of course we had no idea what to do on our own, so Ky made best friends with the woman who worked at the hostel, who gave us some recommendations. So we set out around six, got another soy iced coffee of amazingness at Faborit, and went to hit up some places! We walked a ton around the city, but I’m pretty sure the only place on the list we actually MADE it to was the train station, but it WAS THE COOLEST TRAIN STATION I’VE EVER SEEN! It’s so cool because there is like a legit plant growing inside of it. It’s huge. Like a forest in there! So we probably spent a good solid HOUR in there, taking pictures and what not, but it was so much fun and so worth it! I don’t think I stopped laughing.

After that, we had dinner, and then did what we had been waiting to do since we GOT THERE. HIT UP MADRID’S BEST CHURRO PLACE OBVIOUSLY!!!! This place was sick. It was a legit sit down restaurant where you order and they serve the churros to you. We split churros and chocolate, which were absolutely delicious! But wait, it gets better guys. So we came to realize that more people go for the chocolate rather than the churros. These people actually get the chocolate and straight up just DRINK IT. So the two men next to us we noticed drank all their chocolate but didn’t touch the churros. NATURALLY, WE DID NOT WANT TO SEE THEM GO TO WASTE!!! So when the waitor came down to take the churros away after the two had left, we asked for the leftover churros, and though he wasn’t too impressed with us, he GAVE THEM TO US! Free seconds on churros? YEAH! It was hilarious, awesome, and obviously DELICIOUS!

2nd plate free? Okay.

After that, we were pretty tired, so we made it an early night. We got back to the hostel, packed, and then went to bed! Sadly, Monday was our last day there! But we still had fun and made the most of it. We got up, had breakfast, and at first got nervous because it was raining, but once it stopped, we decided to go to the Palacio Real again, and actually pay this time to get in! 5 euro, but SO worth it! It was such a cool place and we got a ton of cool pictures!

Just a PALACE.

Looking out?


After that, we didn’t really have much time to do anything else. We headed back to the hostel, grabbed lunch to go, and then headed out to board the bus around two to head back to Sevilla! Unfortunately for Adrienne and I, we weren’t lucky and didn’tget the handicapped seat, but Ky did. But she kind of got jipped considering the lady next to her took up the entire seat. Fun times for Ky! But the ride back wasn’t too bad, seemed about the same as the first.

Some solid views though :) Loved that!

I was DEFINITELY ready to be back in Sevilla, though, when it was all over! I LOVED LOVED LOVED Madrid, but I think I totally made the right choice by coming here. Fits me SO much and it felt so good to come home to! We made it home by like 8:15, but then of course walked back to our homestays, so I finally was home around 9. Long weekend, but SO much fun and SO worth it!

Just so you are aware, this post has officially taken me ALL DAY! Never ending. But I'm glad I wrote all I did. You can pick and choose what to read, I understand it's deathly long, but it was SUCH a fun weekend and I'm so happy I went!

ONE LAST THING BEFORE I DEPART FOR's 12:28 here on March 3rd, wanted to give a big 19 year old birthday shout out to my sister and best friend in the world! I miss you every day Krit, wish I could be with you on your birthday SO badly! I love you so much and you're the biggest blessing in my life. Miss you always, have the best day in the world and you know that I'm with you in spirit, because I carry your heart and you carry mine. I LOVE YOU!

Alright, now I'm really hitting the hay! But just so you know, WE JUST OFFICIALLY BOOKED BARCELONA! :) March 17th-20th! SO EXCITED. Another city to conquer! Can't even wait.

Buenas noches all :)

PS -- How sick is this? LOVE IT!