Last weekend, I went with my friend Emma to Palma to celebrate San Sebastian! We met up with another friend and his girlfriend to enjoy the festival. We stayed with my former host family and I have to say that they really took to Emma and vice versa. Revisiting Palma this time, unlike the previous times last year was for me a very fulfilling experience. The last two times I visited I felt a little out of place, but this time I was with friends and enjoying the festival. It made Palma feel like home again. This festival has concerts in every plaza in the city of different genres, and numerous grills, torradas, randomly scattered throughout the city where people bring their own meat from home and roast them on these open grills and eat all together. It’s pretty terrific! This year due to the poor economy they took out the big fireworks display that is usually on Saturday night. Regardless, we had a great time. Our favorite ‘concert’ was in the Plaza Mayor, listening to traditional Mallorcan music and watching them dance. Emma tried to join in and she wasn’t bad! Other amazing times on our trip were buying pearls (nothing too crazy for me…studs), eating Coca de Patata at one of my old favorite places C’an Joan d’Saigo (where we met up with Eva and David the newlyweds), and entering the cathedral during mass. I can honestly say this was one of the better trips I’ve taken despite the rain! The night before leaving I caught a dreadful cold and when I landed in Madrid it turned out that I had to make a beeline for Terminal 4 to catch my bus. I literally sprinted to catch the bus just as the bus driver was starting it up. Thank goodness I didn’t miss it, but man it was not fun to run that fast with that cold.
Things with the schools are still going great, last Wednesday I went to see Pinocchio with the infantile students of all 4 schools in the CRA. We had about 60 students from ages 3-5 (excluding the San Roman students who are older) wandering around the center of Logroño. We saw the play, which was very good at capturing and maintaining the attention of the students for a full hour. After the play we saw the old fortress wall in the city. You can carefully climb up the stairs and see a pretty awesome view. The kids loved it. Of course navigating them back to the bus stop was no easy feat. Some would complain we were walking too slowly and suggested that we run. NO CHILDREN, NO RUNNING.
Anyway, I think I covered all the main points since I’ve been back. Below are the photos from Palma and today's hike followed by a video of the Mallorcan dance! Next weekend is my birthday and I haven’t quite figured out what I’ll do, but I am going to have a great time! Hasta pronto.
|Emma dancing the traditional dance|
|Xisca's Paella yummm!|
|Field trip to Pinocchio and the Fortress Wall|
|School painting found in Bernedo|