As the entire northern half of the U.S. (and southern to think of it…) are covered in several feet of snow, black ice, and sub-zero temperatures; I am enjoying my first year without a winter. Of course I miss building snowmen, sledding down Mt. Saint James on my green Kimball tray and bundling up in 5 layers of sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, boots and ski goggles in order to walk to class…but being able walk outside without a coat is definitely a nice break. Today, when I went for a run (in my shorts and t-shirt) on the boardwalk, I glanced into the water, and thought I saw birds floating with the waves. However as I jogged closer I realized they were actually surfers! Even by Chicago standards it´s not THAT warm to be surfing, so I give these Spanish surfers huge credit for braving the cold Atlantic Ocean.
Ok so back to my week. This weekend, my friend from high school, Rachel and her dad came to visit me in A Coruña! She was STILL on her winter break and making her way around Europe and visiting friends who are studying abroad. It was so much fun to walk around the city with her, showing her all my favorite touristy destinations and eating at the most fabulous restaurants in town! We explored the famous Torre de Hercules, Montaña (Mountain) de San Pedro and Calle Ralle shopping. It was truly a great time. On another exciting note…I have planned my Easter break trip! I am officially going to Athens and Santorini Island with Kelsey and Amanda (who is in England…and blogging) and then to Northern Ireland for a family wedding. There is so much to see and dozens of amazing places to travel in Europe, I will be lucky if I get to see even a small portion of it!
Dato Divertido: I am not sure if I commented on this before, but the meal schedule is different here in Spain than it is back in the States, and I was reminded of this when my friend Rachel and her dad came. Breakfast is served normally, Lunch (the big meal) is around 3 pm and dinner is around 10 pm. Also, there is a ¨Siesta¨ from 2-5 in which the entire city seems to shut down. During this time, everyone stops working, goes home, eats with their family and if possible takes a short nap. While I haven´t exactly ¨physically¨ adjusted to this meal time (my stomach still growls at noon and 6 pm on the dot)…I have definitely adjusted ¨mentally¨ and eating at any time besides 3 pm and 10 pm, seems very weird. I guess I am assimilating into the Spanish Culture!