This past weekend my host family and I went to their beach house in Alicante. Its about a 4.5 hour drive southeast of Madrid to the Mediterranean coast. Now a 4.5 hour for me is not that long considering how far most of our road trips are back home. However, a 4.5 hour drive with my host dad driving is another story. Spanish people in general drive like they are from Illinois (no offense to the flat-landers out there). They drive really fast, come right up on the next cars tail, and then slam on the brakes. I don't think they realize that if you gradually approach the car in front of you, there is no need to slam on the brakes. (and you would avoid causing everyone else in the car to get car-sick...) But we made it in one piece and I had a few days to recover before making the trek back.
That first night we drove down to the beach and walked around the city of San Juan. Their house is about a 10 min. drive from the beach and about 15 mins. to Alicante. (San Juan is a smaller city on the coast)
The first full day we had in San Juan we spend the afternoon at the beach. My host parents took me and it was great. The weather was perfect and because the tourist season is over it wasn't very crowded. The water was quite chilly but I went swimming anyways and my host mom and I walked to the end of the beach and back.
|my host mom and I at the beach :)|
|My host family (minus Héctor, who had to work)|
I am still having a great time and learning new things everyday. I am feeling more and more like Madrid is no longer a vacation, but that also means the "honeymoon" stage is over. The hardest part right now is that I don't have many friends. Its a lot harder to make friends when you don't speak the same language, and can't tell a funny story or joke around. But that will get easier with time, and I am currently trying to find a club or something on campus to get involved with and make friends that way.
Love hearing from everyone, thanks for the all the comments! I like to know that people are acutally reading the blog :)