17 May 2012

Lo siento, ¡hombre!

Hola, lo siento muchisimo!
So sorry I haven't updated in a while, those of you who read this. I realized I haven't really updated since March, which is not what I had planned on doing. I even have to struggle to think of everything that I have done since then. At the end of March we said good-bye to all of our friends. I miss Hannah, Maddy, and Rachel a lot, we had a great time in March and I can't believe we are already halfway done with May now. After Alpujarra was my last week of level 7 which I am happy to announce I passed! To celebrate, and to get out of the United States, Jesse came to Madrid so we all went and met up there like our old time group minus Nicky.


We seemed to have lots of fun, with not a lot of sleep. Jesse came during Semana Santa which is a "Holy Week", the week right before Easter which has tons of processions that were really fun to watch. Many foreigners (American's, I should say...) look at Semana Santa and feel a little sick to their stomach because of the caps and gowns that the penitentes wear, which resemble the KKK. Rumor has it that one of the members of the KKK went to Sevilla and saw how the caps hid the height of the penitentes, and the gown the rest of the body, then chose white as the color for what they stand for. This is just what I have been told, so pick and chose what you want to believe. Anyways, I saw many processions when Jesse, Cori, and I returned back to Granada, got caught right in the middle of one which was interesting as Jess and I needed to cross the street and couldn't.

So, after a few days in Granada, Jesse leaves on Saturday, and the following week I start to die in bed. I was sick with the flu, and not the 24 hour version that I have suffered before, but the 7 day one. At first I was so scared because I didn't want to have to go to the hospital, and in the end I didn't, I just laid in bed and Cori brought me 7Up. I love her so much for that! The following weeks I just took it really careful. Nothing bad has happened in the streets at night time, but I definitely studied a lot and have great news, I passed my  level 8 course with a 92% in the class, which puts me right now halfway completed with level 9. I have enjoyed Granada so much and am not ready to leave, but really I have to admit that I am excited to get home and see everyone.

After Level 8, Carla came down for the the last few days of April and the beginning of May, which I had to say goodbye to her on the 1st because one of my Spanish friend's (Aurora's) mom was going to Cadiz so I got a free ride to Cadiz to make it there and see Jesús for his birthday. That was a big surprise for him, because his girlfriend and dad sneaked me into the house while Jesús was getting ready, he walked out into the front room and saw me standing there and he could not believe it. I was very impressed with the whole surprise and its outcome.

So due to lack of updates and photos I will just make a huge post this week (I promise) of photos that I have accumulated here in Granada and my adventures. I hope that you guys enjoyed reading this, sorry its a catch up post, I will work on getting at least two more out before I get back home on June 12. Thanks so much for reading!


26 March 2012

Él que juega con un ladrón tiene 100 años de perdon.

I haven't updated in a while, and tío do I regret that... This blog is going to have 3 large sections to it, after I finish assuring everyone that I am okay. Thursday night I went out and encountered an issue with two Romanian guys. I was walking up one of the streets that I usually take to go to school, and have taken after meetings and such. I was walking and got jumped by two Romanian guys who attempted to rob me. After a few moments of struggling to get my bag from punching me, the other one went to cover my mouth with his arm. 2v1, I felt it was a free for all on my part and I bit the guy's arm that was covering my mouth, allowing me a second to stand up and run, meanwhile shouting "Que te jodas!" (In these moments, I don't even feel bad for learning naughty expressions). I ran to the nearest bar, and other than a bloody nose, fat lip, some impacted face and forehead scuffs I was good to go. Made a report, now I don't really know why but in that moment I thought it was the right thing to do.

Notes to self: Don't walk alone, and take streets that bars are on because if there are bars, there are bound to be people.

Bueno chicos, ahora lo de Sevilla y Córdoba
Our second weekend in Spain we went to Sevilla. While there I finally actually went up la Giralda and it was amazing. You could see the city, kind of figure out where you were in relation to other places in Sevilla and it was beautiful. On top of that when we entered the Cathedral I saw the tomb of Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus) which is 72% sure it is his body.The last time I was there Jerad and I had a pretty good time and I think Cori enjoyed it. We had a lot of free time on Friday and Saturday to go off and explore the city, so we took advantage of that and almost met up with Jesús Mª Peinado Campelo, my buddy from Cádiz, but in the end that didn't happen.

On Sunday we went to Cordoba which was beautiful. The first time I went there, and I thought the Cathedral was way cool. We didn't really get a whole lot of free time while we were there, so I took advantage of the time we did have to enjoy a nice sammich with our new ISA friends. It was a fantastic weekend, I am really glad ISA takes us out and about throughout Spain.
Plaza de España (Sevilla)

Columbus Sailed The Ocean Blue In...
Bridge to Córdoba 

Marruecos, ÁfricaSo the following weekend we went on a trip with Discover Granada to Morocco, Africa and visited three different cities in the area. It was awesome, and not once did I ever feel the least bit of being uncomfortable. The three cities that we visited were Chefchauen, Tetuan, and Tangers. Couscous, chicken, couscous, chicken, some more couscous, some more chicken, it was fantastic and I didn't get sick, though I didn't risk drinking the water there. My favorite city is Chefchauen because the entire city is painted different shades of blue and white and the people were really cool!

Palace of the Moroccan Kings
Pudo and German Puda at the beach in Morocco
Cori and Hannah riding the camels

Haha I jumped in the pool on Saint Patrick's Day with a bunch of people. This is Rachel, and she's leaving at the end of this week to go back to the US, as well as our other friends that we made through the CLM at UGR. #sadday

View of Chefchauen From Casa Aladin
(Below) The town is painted blue and
white and so this is a fountain in the
city. It was absolutely awesome!!!!!!!

Morocco is beautful. So glad I had the opportunity to go and see what it was all about. :)

La Alpujarra y Motril

This last weekend, after the incident on Thursday night, I was looking forward to the weekend trip with ISA to La Alpujarra, a mountain range in the Sierra Nevada, with three pueblos blancos (white towns). The hike in the end lasted nearly 6 hours with all of the stops and such that we made along the way, but it was so great to relax, and then almost kill over when we made it back up the hill. The hike was great, but could have been better if our guides would have known the real routes to take. ;) Along the trip we stopped in the towns and got water from fountains, it was awesome, and refreshing!

After the night in the pueblos blancos, we went to the beach at Motril where only a few of us daring souls entered into the Med. It was a crappy day, and I am sun burnt right now, but now I have been to the beach in Spain which is what I have wanted for a while now. Hooray!

So this was a hella crazy update, a lot to take in for those who I haven't talked to in a while. Just want to let you know that I miss you guys but I am having a great time over here! Please send me an address and I will be sure to send you a post card! Love you guys!

Mason (:

08 March 2012

Mi primera semana en Granada

This is the first blog I'm posting since arriving in Granada. One week ago today I took the placement exam and got placed in Level 7, which is awesome because it works out to be 7 for March, 8 for April, and then 9th is the last level in May. I'm pretty content with Granada and what it has to offer, we've done a thousand things already though so hopefully after this weekend (ISA is taking us to Sevilla!!!) things will start to slow down and not be such a rush.

The city itself says Andalucia to me, which is fantastic because I loved Cadiz, and Sevilla. The two pictures above are of la Universidad de Granada (Centro de Lenguas Modernas) where we're taking our classes in the Kenya Building. You can click on the pictures and they'll get bigger, then hit the back button. My schedule is M-F from 9:00-13:00 with a 20 minute break in the middle, where we switch profesoras. I love my teachers, they're so nice and really fun... my class is only five of us at the moment, but within the next two weeks we lose 2 people so it will just be myself and two other girls.

We had an awesome visit to the Alhambra on Sunday. ISA took care of signing us up for it this time, and when I really understand what's being said about the history and such of Granada I'm going to sign up for the tour again with Maria Carmen who is fantastic about making sure we comprehend what's being said on the tours in Granada.

These flags are from left to right, European Union, Andalucia, Spain, and Granada. These flags are seen in the photo of the building from the side on the top right tower. The tour was fantastic! I really enjoyed it.

This here is a picture of Granada 10, which is a discoteca where we went our first weekend with our new friends, Rachel (N.J.) and Maddy (U.K.).

Well that's all I have time to write for now. Leave me a comment and such, sorry this was really short I'm just really busy with getting into routines and such right now, hopefully I will update either Sunday or Monday (domingo o lunes) some events from Sevilla. Thank's for reading!

Mason (:

20 February 2012

Granada, España

The clock counts down, and Cori and I are saying our farewells until June 12. We fly out on Saturday February 25 from Denver and land in Madrid on the 26 where we will spend a few days with our program, ISA. We are going to be attending la Universidad de Granada starting in March and going until May and then doing a little bit of traveling for a few weeks.

I am going to update this blog bimonthly at least, as I have Western Wyoming Community College's Spanish Club following me. I have used it ever since I first studied in Spain in high school, in Cadiz. I am also thinking of creating a twitter account for my adventures abroad, follow me!

Those of you who have iPhones and would like to stay in touch here and there be sure to text me while I am abroad to: magagna_m@yahoo.com as I have added that address to my phone so it will not charge either one of us!

I am looking forward to this opportunity to go abroad, learn more of the wonderful language, see a new part of the country that I love so much and heal from last semester!

If anyone has any suggestions of definite "must-sees" while Cori and I are in Granada, I would greatly appreciate them!

Hasta luego, de nuevo. ;-)