Alright, I’ve only got a couple more weeks here in Alicante. About two weeks ago I visited the castle of Guadalest with my host family. This castle is on top of a mountain several miles inland, with the most beautiful view I’ve seen so far in Spain. The castle is also right next to a dam full of clear blue water. I was a little bit tired that day because the night before I was finishing my last-ever essay for undergrad and I decided to commemorate the experience by having an energy drink and pulling an all-nighter. So if I look a little tired in some pictures, that’s why. Afterward, we also went to go see some mountain caves with stalagmites and stalactites, which was pretty cool.
Last weekend and today I had to say goodbye to a couple of friends as their programs ended earlier than mine. Oddly enough, they are both from Texas, but they don’t know each other. Anyway, the first one was Josh; he was friends with all the people in my program because some of us had classes with him. We had celebrated his birthday in February at a nice Italian restaurant called Sale & Pepe which we then went to again for his last night here. I highly recommend their lasagna. Next, we have Anne, whom I met because of the international group I joined at a church here. We celebrated both her 21st birthday and her going away by going to a restaurant called Circo which had delicious burgers! We then went out dancing afterwards. I also want to mention that I’ve become good friends with some of the Spanish people in the international group and that not only has it been really fun hanging out with them, but my Spanish has also gotten a lot better because I talk with them a lot. So for anyone studying abroad in the future, I recommend making some friends at local groups/organizations, especially if they speak English and the language you are trying to learn!
I have two weeks left of my time here in Spain. Next weekend I will be taking one last trip to Seville. I’ll let you all know how that goes afterward, but as for now I am going to go to the beach and soak up as much sun as I can before I have to go back home and work for the summer. Talk to you again soon!