Hello! So after coming back from my adventures in Andalucia, I realized how LITTLE time I have left in Coruña. As of tomorrow, I have exactly one month before I board a plane back to the States (gasp!) and after 8 months of living in Spain, I know that month will go by in a blink of an eye. But I promised myself I wouldn´t get all dramatic and nostalgic until my last few blogs.
Last Friday Elena, Kristen, Kelsey and I went to the new mall in Coruña called Marineda City. Want to hear an impressive fact? This is the BIGGEST mall in Spain and the third largest in Europe! So if you are ever a contestant on ¨Who Wants to be a Millionaire¨ and the question of the largest mall in Spain comes up, you can thank me and send me a portion of the winnings! So while this mall was really massive, fun to walk around and allowed me to collect 2 more scarfs and a cute pair of sunglasses…it is very controversial amoung residents. Some believe that it is a great addition, as it is a nice place to shop, opens new jobs in this economy and brings more tourism to Coruña. However, other Coruña residents are against the new shiny mall, and I can completely understand their reasoning. In downtown Coruña (about a 7 minute walk from my apartment) there is a beautiful street of shops, restaurants and cafés. This area is always packed to the gills with shoppers or people out for a late afternoon walk. It is one of my favorite places in Coruña, simply because of the energetic and teeming atmosphere. Many fear that some of these shops will move to Marineda city and close their original shop on Calle Real. It would be very tragic if this occurred as this street would significantly lose its character and be in danger of becoming a ¨dead zone¨. After living in Coruña for a year, it has become my new home and seeing the possibility of my favorite street disappear really saddens me. However, I can only hope that Calle Real keeps its popularity and is not dramatically affected by the new mall. As I don´t want to even think about how that would change Coruña!
That’s all for now folks! Congrats to all at HC for completing classes! Good luck on finals!