International Travel

End of Feb, already!

The time seems to be flying by!  I can’t believe it’s already the end of February.  I find myself so spoiled here.  The “bad”, winter days consist of no sun, and maybe rain, but still remaining in the 50’s or high 40’s.  The Spanish people have it pretty good when it comes to the weather.  Looking at the weather back home makes me cringe.  Hopefully by mid April it will be beautiful.  

I’ve been getting more active as I’ve been taking Nuk on daily walks through the beautiful paths in the mountainous town.  I also have to climb 200 stairs each day when I go to and from work.  It feels so good doing this walking as I’ve been lacking steps during the weekdays. I cannot wait until I get back home and get back into the gym routine.  That’s been one of the hardest things to deal with.  There are gyms here obviously but they are so pricey, so I’m just not bothering at this point.  But, I do genuinely miss lifting.

On Saturday I went to see my host sister, Mar play in her volleyball tournament.  The atmosphere of the tournament was so great!  The Spanish parents certainly know how to cheer on their children.  The gymnasium was full of so much energy, even though the team lost.  The match ended around 10:15pm, and I thought we would be going home afterward, as I was exhausted from the night before.  Boy, was I wrong!  I went with the volleyball parents to eat dinner (at 11pm) in a local restaurant.  We eventually got kicked out at 1am.  Now I was sure we were going to be going home…. Right when I hear one of the dad’s mention a “discoteca”.  WHAT?!  Yeah, we weren’t done yet.  We went to a small-ish pub/disco.  Yes, my 23 year old self went out with a group of 12 adults.  It was fun, as we danced to some classics such as AC/DC.  My host dad was certainly having a ball singing Highway to Hell.  We stayed until they closed, made it back to home around 3am.  Spontaneous nights with this family are always a good time. 🙂

Sunday I met up with my friend Heather and we went to the Poblenou Light Show in Barcelona.  There were lights set up all through the neighborhood and it was such a neat experience.  The whole event was planned out so well, and there were TONS of people walking the streets. We went with a group on Friday night but only saw a few of the exhibits.  This time, we went all out and saw all the performances.  It was remarkable!  It was definitely one of my top highlights in Barcelona so far.

I am looking forward to this weekend!  Today is my friends birthday, so a big group of us will be celebrating Conor’s 25th birthday Saturday night. But before the celebration begins, I will be taking a day trip Saturday up to Montserrat, a beautiful mountain close to Barcelona with lots of hiking in a BEAUTIFUL area.  I will be sure to take plenty of photos!

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