It’s definitely approaching, the end of a wonderful semester abroad. We’ve gone out quite a bit the past few days to cram in some fun in the midst of packing, final exam prep, and facing the very real reassimilation crisis (for some, at least) upon our return. My favorite dance club, El Camborio, is located in the Albayzin district of Granada. It’s in a cave. There are lights, american and latino music. There’s a patio that overlooks the scenic landscape and the Alhambra (which keeps its lights on until 2 am…I’ve seen them turn off!) I was a bit tired, but pumped to spend one last night fist pumping and hair whipping before having to return to a more responsible way of life. Through a mutual friend, I met a Spainard who is studying to be an Occupational Therapist, JUST LIKE ME! We spent a good fifteen to twenty minutes talking on the patio about future career plans and scrolling through pictures of cadavers’ brains and organs taken from his laboratory course. It was really, REALLY great considering that half the reason I am studying abroad is to become fluent in Spanish so that I can help more people one day as an OT. After marveling at the beauty of the Alhambra and dancing a bit more, I went home happy to have gone out that evening.
The next day, we took a group trip to Cabo de Gata to go to the beach. The water was clear, warm and the sand was soft but scorching hot so we’d start to scream if we stood in it for too long. It was a beautiful day and me and a few of my friends used our umbrellas (los paraguas, literally “for water”) to create shade. The Spanish sunbathers to our right proceeded to giggle because we were using los paraguas for the SUN. Later on they realized we spoke Spanish too. Along the way we stopped in a small town to view some homes built into sides of caves. We also drove by a place called “Little Hollywood” a movie set of an old western town that was used in movies starring Clint Eastwood, and learned that our beach was used as a movie set multiple times as well. All in all it was a great day, without sunburn!
More to come tomorrow! I’ll try and talk more about past events!