Monday, February 8, 2010

What do we leave behind when we cross each frontier? Each moment seems split in two; melancholy for what was left behind and the excitement for entering a new land.
-Che Guevara

So life goes on here in Calatayud. Both of my schools are in the process of being penpals with kids in Mallorca (Thanks to Lindsey for helping me out!) As well as with some of April's 7th grade students in the U.S. It should definitely be a fun experience. Some of the letters are great. Ohhh...there definitely some precious gems hidden among the rough with these guys.

For example:

One girl wrote:
My mom is a manipulative fruit and my dad is a dust-bin.

Translation (what she wanted to say):
My mom works in a fruit factory and my dad is a garbage collector.

Gotta love that google translator.

Another instance was a boy, who during his 'my life' presentation stated that one of his friends was A pimp, instead of the phrase that his friend 'was pimp' or 'really cool.' I got a good chuckle out of that one. Everyday they give me something new to work with.

Last week I made my first solo pasta sauce, without the help of my grandma, and I think that it turned out pretty good! Both of my roommates seem to like it, and if you only saw the sauce that's available here, you would thank the gods for Ragu. Cooking class a las tres americanas has been going well, we keep ourselves fed, which I guess is the main objective.

Looks like pasta sauce.....

Last Friday we were taken out by all of our teachers to a local restuarant and then later on for dancing. Man, are my teachers dancing machines! We partied until 4 in the morning, hitting up several different clubs. To quote Frankie Vallie, Oh, What a Night! Definitely slept in the following morning.

Well, Semana Santa is all booked. Karli and I are going to Sevilla and Cadiz in the south of Spain for 5 days, and then we are meeting up with Emily and my friend Lindsey up in Barcelona!!!! Hell ya! Em's birthday is the 1st of April, so there will definitely be some crazy nights! Any recommendations on things to do in Barca???? Let me know!

While I was home, I was lucky to receive a crash course in beading techniques from my aunt, and I haven't stopped since! Here are just a few of my firsts.....

Put your requests in now!

Last weekend, Em's teacher, Inma invited us to stay in her apartment in Zaragoza for the weekend, which was awesome! We went shopping allllll day Saturday and totally took advantage of the sales! We also got our carnival costumes, it looks like we will be American Pop Stars....Lady Gaga, Hannah Montana, and Michael Jackson, coming your way! (I will be attending as Michael.....learning how to moonwalk is in the works....)

Oh, and the Che Guevara quote is from the movie, Motorcycle Diaries, which we watched this weekend. Really good...highly recommended...It's all about the motorcycle ride that Che took around South America before he went all radical on everyones ass.....really interesting view points....

Hope everyone's well....1 beso!


  1. Hmmm..I smell an Etsy shop :-) Those bracelets are fantastic!! Got any turquoise beads? ;-) Have fun traveling!

  2. no! i have yet to really find beads here! i had to order them from england! gotta any special ones you want me to use? send em over!

  3. I would like to order that circular design that looks like it goes on the ankle...or maybe you have lymphedema in your wrist? Either way, it looks beautiful...any sort of gold, silver, aqua, metallic colors will do. :) Je t'aime!