The highlight of my day was having a Spanish teen ask me where a store called Lefties was located. Not only did I know where it was, but I was successfully able to communicate this without seeming like a gringa!
Grammar class this morning was hugely helpful since we reviewed verb tenses. It should have been tedious, but the profesora was quite a character and she was able to make even the past preterite conjugations interesting and relevant. She killed a bee quite dramatically mid-class. It feels as though I’ve learned more in a few days here than I did in years of classes! I suppose they gave me a good foundation and I can only improve exponentially from where I am now.
My favorite part of the day was our group walk of the district Albayzín. It’s an incredible neighborhood with spectacular views of the Alhambra. It’s also a top a miniature mountain so my calfs were burning by the top! #legday The tiny streets are a maze and I plan to go back on Sunday to wander around and better learn the area.
I went for a run in a gorgeous park after returning home from our long walk. It felt so good to move and have the cool air on my skin. The nights are finally cooling off a bit. I stretched out and did some yoga after running a few miles and endured some intrusive stares from los españoles. I felt so good I didn’t mind a bit!
Considering I ran around 10 until 10:45 at night, I was amazed at the amount of people, including young children, out and about. This city keeps the strangest hours! It is a Friday night, but still. Since we’re going to the beach in the morning, I elected to stay in after my run. I’m so glad I did because I ended up having a lovely, in depth conversation with my host mom. We watched a little of The Big Bang Theory in Spanish which was hilarious!
Meal of the day:
Breakfast (8:45am): Watermelon, clementine, Earl Gray tea
Merienda = Snack (11am): Espresso doble, raw seed bar –> my last one 🙁
Lunch (3:00pm): Almonds, popped sour cream onion chips, leeks with garlic, vegetable lasagna, fresh pan, and ice cream from a local heladería for dessert. It was Alhambra flavored which I think was a vanilla nut variety. ‘Twas very refreshing! I saved half for another day.
Dinner (11:30pm): Chilled tomato soup, mini pizza with artichokes and tomatoes
Hype for the beach tomorrow!