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 (: