Monday, July 13, 2009
I’m finally getting to post something new! The Internet is hard to come by over here…my house had it the first couple of days, then it just disappeared, the university is in and out, and the cafes with Internet aren’t too reliable. But, anyway... Life has been good. Spain is a whole different world – lots of things I’m enjoying and of course those few things I miss about home. Last weekend, two girlfriends and I went to Valencia and spent a gorgeous weekend on the beach. Sunday went to a fabulous aquarium and watched the best dolphin show I have ever seen – I decided I am changing careers and becoming a dolphin trainer. This past weekend was insane! Three of us spent Thursday and Friday nights in Pamplona for San Fermin – definitely one of the best and most unique experiences of my life. We watched the running of the bulls the day the man was gored and died – there was nothing actually said at the festival, just whispers about a possible death, I found that very interesting. We watched in the end arena, where all 8 bulls enter after they run through the streets. It was crazy – a young bull is let out after the other 8 are closed behind a door. This young bull then proceeds to run after and buck everyone that is on the arena floor. Not only was Pamplona just one big party, I also got to see a close girlfriend from home! Spending some time with her was great and it made the experience even more memorable. I loved that San Fermin was a mix of wild party and long standing tradition – everyone dressed in their red and white, chanted the same cheers, and knew specific dances. Saturday we headed to San Sebastian and spent a beautiful day on the beach, using our dirty, Sangria covered Pamplona clothes as towels. We arrived back in Salamanca at 5 am Sunday. These experiences are truly once in a lifetime, and I am grateful for everything I am able to do. After being in Europe since May, it is hard to believe these are my last 3 weeks over here. I am enjoying every minute and trying to learn and grow as I go along.