These past couple of weeks I have been exploring some of the natural beauty in the areas near Alicante. I’ve visited some parks and climbed some mountains. There was one farther inland from Alicante near a town called Alcoy which is very secluded and surrounded by forest. The other mountain was right next to the coastal city of Calpe. Spain has so much more natural beauty than I ever thought!
I also mentioned in my last post that I would be going to Carnaval, which consisted of a giant concert in the street and a whole bunch of food trucks sells all sorts of goodies like chocolate-dipped churros. Also, everyone was dressed up in costumes ranging from scary skeletons to silly fairies.
We visited “Refugios de la Guerra Civil” which are the bunkers that Spanish citizens would go to take cover when Alicante was being bombed during their civil war. I think they said that there were several hundred of these bunkers in Alicante and that it could hold up to 1400 people, although that would be extremely crowded. When the sirens went off the people would take shelter in the bunker for a few hours, but since they wouldn’t be sure when the sirens might go off again, people would often stay in the bunkers overnight.
This week I went with my friend Isaiah to play Pádel with a couple of Spanish friends he knew. Pádel is kind of like pickle ball and tennis combined, except that you have to play in a special court that has glass on half of the fence around the court and you can use the glass to bounce the ball off of during game-play. It was a lot of fun, and I made some new Spanish friends!
Next weekend my whole program is going to go to Granada together. There should be some really cool older buildings there full of history and plenty of sights to see.
¡Hasta la proxima vez!