I can´t believe that I forgot to blog about a certain event that took place about 2 weeks ago. Arianna, our culture coordinator and past Crusader Coruñesa, planned a wonderful excursion for us Holy Cross kids to a wine vineyard in Galicia. We woke up at around 7 am (thankfully the vineyard tour was not until 4 pm) and hopped on a train to Pontevedra, Galicia. After exploring Pontevedra for a while we caught a bus to a small fishing village about 1 hour away. This was an absolutely gorgeous town, consisting of rivers, foot bridges, vast ocean scenery, a gorgeous hotel, and a beautiful church constructed solely of shells! After a very traditional Galician style lunch of shellfish and pork, we boarded another bus that drove us to another small town. In this town we had a private tour of a vineyard, which ships wine all over the world, including the United States! I am not a huge wine fan but their specialty of albarino wine was sure delicious! Since I really hadn´t seen the Galician countryside (unless you count the monsoon Kelsey and I hiked through earlier this year) I didn´t realize how beautiful the Galician countryside is; with the soft green rolling hills, red roofed houses and mist rising against the sun, it is an image I will never forget!
I received one grade from my education class….and I passed! I still have 3 more exams and I am hoping that I will receive a passing grade for those as well. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
Dato Divertido: As I am in the middle of exam season in Spain, I am noticing some differences between their system and the system in the United States. In Spain for the majority of the classes (thankfully none of mine) the final counts between 70%-100% of the final grade! So basically one day, after a semester of hard work, will determine your grade. Whereas in the United States (at least at HC), the final usually doesn´t count for more than 50% of your grade. Another difference is the time period in which the finals take place. In Spain the final period lasts 3 weeks whereas at Holy Cross we have about 1 week. So I am finding it quite challenging to stay focused for this long!
P.S. The Spanish protests that I wrote about in an earlier blog are still occurring throughout Spain. Apparently the election is what sparked these protesters, but what they are really fighting for is a more democratic/transparent government and improvement in the economy. I posted some pictures below of the protests in Coruña.
Alright, back to studying!
Shell Church by the Seashore (now say that 10 times really quickly…)
They sleep there too!