Wow. It has been awhile since I have blogged and I don’t even know where to begin. We are coming to the end now and this is our last week here in Granada, followed by a week in Madrid. I look back now and see that this place has, in many ways, become a home. In some ways I am ready to go home and be with my family and friends. But in other ways I know that this place and these people have a big part of my heart. This place has changed me and I wonder how the separation with come to exist.
July 4th PARTY!!
It was hard being away for the fourth of July. I really missed being with my family and seeing fireworks. But we actually got together with the Jovenes’ and people from church and had our own 4th of July party. It was a really beautiful night for me because here I was with people who were celebrating with me. It is like they knew this was an important day for us and they wanted to make it as fun as possible. I really appreciated their fun spirits and interest. We actually were able to have cheeseburgers, good old’ country music, and played some corn-hole. IT was a great night ended with the “Cha-Cha slide” and even “Cotton-Eye JOE”! Ha-ha. It was really great showing my friends here and sharing things with them that me and my friends would have done in that states.
We went out into the local city 2 weeks ago and spent a day walking around with a video-camera capturing cultural interviews. It was very fun for me capturing the city and interviewing people with a video camera. We asked them questions about their views on religion, culture, and social circumstances. People were much more open to us when we had the video-camera….how interesting…haha. If you are interested in the information we gathered just shoot me an email or message.
I hate saying Goodbye.
This week has been hard because we have had to say goodbye to two really good friends. Our friends Gara and Houdah went back home for the summer. One to the Canary Islands and one to Morocco. We really had some great times with those two girls and I consider them really great friends. My trip would not have been the same and is not the same without them here. They will forever be in my hearts and I wish to remain in some contact with them. They both are Spanish speakers with little English so it has been life-changing to build relationships with two people who are dependent completely on Spanish. When it came time to say good-bye I struggled to express how much they really meant to me and vice-versa. But I think they know, and I know that I know how much being with them, learning from them, laughing with them, and experiencing life with them will change me forever.
Vos Quiero por siempre! Te veo después.
Some of our friends threw us a going away party. It was really touching to see them go through all the effort to have a surprise party for us and express how much we have meant to them. It was such a sweet gesture and made me fall in love with them even more. I am so happy that my Spanish has improved and I have reached a level of comfort where I feel like I am really becoming a part of this people and this place. I almost feel like I belong here!!…and I do….for this season…but who knows…
Last week we also held an English camp for kids here in Spain. Every day last week for a few hours playing English games with the kids and teaching them nouns and verbs. It was fun being with the kids. They are really smart and most of the picked up the English pretty quickly. We also taught them the “Cha-Cha slide” dance since it has the line instructions in English and they loved it!! Ha-ha. It was a great week and the kids loved all the games,movies, and crafts.
Last Wednesday David Moore came to visit for the day. It was good to see him for the first time since Madrid. We went to the Mirador with him at night. IT was really beautiful. The Alhambra seemed to jump out as the lights shined against it in the darkness. WE also went to a restaurant called The Sultan and they have classic Moroccan tea and food. It was so good and quite a cultural experience.
I’m really into Tea now. We have checked out a few different Tea places. It is quite refreshing and relaxing. I like trying the different flavors and spending time with friends over a pot a tea. (Sounds so different!!) Ha-ha. Anyone know of some good natural tea places in Virginia or Florida??
Yesterday (Sunday July 11th) Me, Leslie, and our friend Mauri went to the Arabian baths here in Granada. It was so relaxing! There is a cold room with a cold water pool/bath, there was a hot room with a hot bath, and there was also a steam room and luke-warm pool. So we spent 2 hours drinking tea, receiving a 15 minute massage and going from the different rooms. It was so relaxing. Words can’t describe how refreshing and relaxing it was. An Arabian Spa day! Inspired by the Moorish Kings and Queens of Spain…ahh
link to Arabian Baths: http://www.granada.hammamspain.com/index.php?nSeccion=1
And last night…after church…we watched Spain play Holland in the final for the world cup. Both Spain and Holland have never won a world cup before and both teams played really hard. They went into overtime and in overtime we scored!!
SPAIN WON THE WORLD CUP WHILE WE WERE HERE! How awesome is that! The streets and people were going crazy all night. Hah. I have never seen so many people freaking out, screaming, dancing, it was great. There is also a Canal/ River in the middle of the city and people were jumping off the Bridge into the Rio de Genil.
It was a fun night and we were all excited that Spain won and we got to celebrate with the people. “YO soy español, español, español! Yo soy español, español, español!” Words can’t describe. IT was a great day/ night/ early morning…ha-ha
Tomorrow we are leaving to go to Almuñécar, Spain and do some street ministry with The Jóvenes’ from the church. I really hope things go well and that we make more great memories.
I can’t believe I only have 2 weeks left in Spain. I’m not ready to go.
Seeking my God and being blessed by my God,