1. Adiós

    Yes I am home, back in America!  My flight back went well.  The layover in Paris wasn’t bad at all either.  The 8 hour flight to Dulles sucked.  There were kids running around, Shaq was a flight attendant and kept hitting me every time he passed by, and the food wasn’t that great either.  Also, when I went through customs they didn’t believe I was 20 so they stopped me and searched my bags!  Wow, there went another 30 minutes!  Anyways, that night was long, but we made it home with a stop at Chad’s house, who did not have popcorn like I wanted!  But pizza made the cut!

    Back to Spain, I love Spain.  It’s so beautiful and I loved learning about the culture and such, but I am glad to be home and to be an American!  I would love to go back too!  Who wants to join me!?  Anyways, I am thankful for the opportunity and the experience! Yay, until next time Spain, agur (goodbye in basque).  

     

  2. Side note: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe was made for John the Baptist in the 10th century!!! Old much

     

  3. Last few excursions!!!

    Winery- Rioja Alavesa


    We went to a winery this week for the business program.  It was such a pretty area.  Our tour guide was saying that this winery is protected from the heat from the south (Madrid and stuff) and the cold weather from the north!  It was just a super pretty place, we toured the company and then we had wine tasting.  I am not a big wine person, the red wine was better than the white wine; in the end they both were not enjoyable.  Also, all my friends enjoyed the wine and said it was one of the best wines they have ever had.  What ever floats your boat!  Even afterwards students bought wine for their family and themselves.  I bought zero bottles; my parents aren’t even wine drinkers! Now I can say I’ve been to a brewery and a winery; now what?!  Fun fact: they have a bottle of wine from every year since they have existed! Which is from 1800s.  So crazy, they only use these bottles for special occasions like the king of Spain!image

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    San Juan de Gaztelugatxe


    Becka, Haley, John, Jankell and I went on a voyage to San Juan de Gazelugatxe, which is a hermitage (where religious people stay in seclusion) atop a mountain off the coast in Bermeo.  The hermitage seemed empty when we went, but it was a good 230 steps to get up there plus the stairs to go down the mainland.  It was so darn steep; I WILL HAVE BEAUTIFUL CALVES WHEN I GET HOME! But the view was stunning and so amazing.  It wasn’t a hot day either, it semi rained; which was better.  I wanted to stay there all day, but we were getting so so hungry! Also, it was a struggle to get to San Juan because we didn’t know which buses went that far from Bilbao!  But it was a great workout and a great experience! yay!image

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    imageBecka and me in our hiking gear!!imageHaley and me, with John in the background…imageThe view from the hermitage.  So crazy!

    Either way, the hike was crazy but the end result was worth it.  Then we ended that day with kebabs!!! wahh

    Hasta luego amigos! 

     

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  5. So, so far…

    ..Europe has been so good to me.  I’ve realized that I would not mind living in Europe except I would miss my family and the food in America or at least my mother’s cooking!  Other than that, I love it here and the way things are run, but not that they’re in a crisis!  It’s just so antique and I love that stuff.  The people aren’t vintage but the places show how old the country and town actually is.  That’s cool to see.  Either way, I’m hoping to come back to Europe soon! Or just live here for a few years! Who wants to join me?

    I have one more week of classes, then exams Monday and then back to America!  Wahhhh.  Tomorrow, the business group goes to a winery and Thursday we do not have class, so this week will go by fast! 

    Today, Brittany and I went to Mr. Wok in the mall, which is a chinese buffet!  Yes, I know why eat chinese in Spain?! Well, I was craving some rice so we went!

    Well adiós for now! :)

     

  6. Germany !?

    Guten Tag!! Alemania (or Germany) was great! I went to visit my oldest brother, Herbbie, and his family!  So I left Friday by plane and Stuttgart is such a big airport that we had to get off the plane and take a bus to the terminals.  That was new and different! I also, felt like the president coming out of the plane by stairs ! imageAnyways, Renee (Herbbie’s wife), Courtney (Herbbie’s daughter), Monica (Renee’s daughter), and Chamberlain (Herbbie and Renee’s son) were waiting for me at the airport!  That was great!  We first went to the military base and met Herbbie there!  It’s crazy not seeing them for like 2 years and now being with them, so unreal but exciting.  Then we went to this beer garden, which only happens during the summer because it’s outside.  Other times the place is shut down.  It was such a beautiful afternoon, and  apparently this summer has been hotter than normal, even thought it was around the 80s.  I ordered a sausage thing and a Mezzo Mix drink, which is coke and orange Fanta mixed together.  It was so good, and I do not drink soda, but when in Germany!  Also, baby Chamberlain is the cutest thing ever!imageimage

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    imageI learned Herbbie and I had a lot in common.  We love Europe and how advanced legally and economically.  Also, how efficient they are due to age, because America is a baby, essentially! One difference, is when the economy goes bad Germany doesn’t lay off people because the shortage in money but they decrease everyone else’s salary and no one gets laid off.  I like that idea, but that’s my opinion!  And Germany is a quite hilly country, not mountainous but hilly!  But that night we had some family time by watching a movie and facetiming dad!

    Saturday began with waking up to the smell of BACON!!!  Now y’all know I love me some bacon!  So that was exciting, and I had tea with my breakfast, that was good.  Reminds me of home.  Also, just sitting at a table with family and reminiscing!  Herbbie told me he had a collection of fish and I began to notice all these mini fish sculptures or paintings, it was kind of strange! After breakfast we headed to the Zoo and we got lost at first but we finally made it!  I haven’t been to a zoo in so long I don’t know what’s exotic or different.  Therefore, don’t ask!image

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    imageWe also saw Kevin (from UP!), Nemo and Dori!  It was great! image

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    imageOur drive home was interesting! Very open areas and fields and fields of fields! And a sleeping babyimageimage

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    We ordered in that night because we were too tired and a mess to go out. But I ordered Schnitzel, I had that in high school, but this was good even though it was fast food stuff!  Then Sunday I woke up to Herbbie making breakfast and we took a few more pictures and I had to leave for Bilbao!  Wahh, it was so nice being with family.  It is also scary how similar Herbbie and dad are.  They had the same mannerisms and the same attitude to certain things!  Like father like son I guess!?  Love them so much!image

    Also, I saw these mountains on the plane! Strange!

     

  7. walk like a champion, talk like a champion!

     

  8. Three weeks and counting

    Yeah, I’ve been in Spain for more than 3 weeks and I leave in less than 2 weeks. That’s so crazy. This place is so beautiful and peaceful. I realized that after I heard protesters gelling something in Spanish about a barrio which is a district of a city. I felt bad for the cafés and stores around it. I am just not feeling a little but homesick, only my mother’s cooking and my family/friends and my dog. It’s not serious, just every now and then I’m craving some good sinegun (Filipino soup) or some adobo (Filipino meal) or even some darn good cornbread!! Where is my mama?!!? On the thee hand, I go to Germany this weekend to visit my brother, Herbbie, and his family!! I haven’t seen them for about 3 years so this will be great! I can’t wait, also because it will deter my homesick feelings! Yay for traveling!!
    So an update on classes. Spanish is still difficult, but I’m learning a lot and it’s almost over haha! IB is so interesting! Seriously, we learn about business around the world, hence International business, but it’s in a fun way. Even the teacher is cool. She knows when class gets boring and tries to help us get out of class early. Ahh, please come to Mary Wash and be my teacher for every class! Anyways, we have finals in two Mondays! Yay!

    Deusto should seriously come up with a new printing system.  The library is so difficult and you need a flash drive for the photocopy room.  NO ONE TOLD ME TO BRING A FLASH DRIVE… Anyways, good thing I can email from my iPhone; it saves me every time!

    Also, I just realized that I have to walk down the side of a mountain in order to go to school and/or walk back home.  It’s about a 5-10 minute walk down/up the mountain.  I mean it could be a hill but it’s so huge so I’m going to call it a mountain! Recently, I’ve decided to climb back up the mountain to get back home instead of wasting money and taking the metro up the hill; it’s a struggle especially when it’s like 80 degrees.  Who has time for that!?  But it’s a good exercise I must say!

    I will be gone this weekend, pray for safe travels! Thanks (:

     

  9. In honor of Cory Monteith!  RIP  Finn!

     

  10. Roma, Italia

    Can I beginning with something that isn’t related to Rome?! Well I will.  So Cory Monteith died yesterday.  For those who do not know, he played Finn on Glee.  Y’all know how much I love Glee.  Well he will be missed, and Glee will not be the same without you.  Thanks! (:

    So I left for Rome, Friday morning and didn’t get there till 4pm that afternoon.  The rides were not that bad.  Also, security in Europe is so careless.  Erin got through security at Rome with a big bottle of water.  What? And I looked like a fool walking through the machine with my shoes off while everyone else had their shoes on. Oh that was fun times.  Well, I took the bus to Termini Station and on the way there I saw the Colosseum!! It is so huge you guys, like so huge!  So I found Erin and her friend Annie (from Mary Wash).  We took the metro to our hotel, the metro was so dirty and so much graffiti! I use to like graffiti and the art of it, but it is over used in Europe!  Like every open space has graffiti! STOP!! Can I just say I got a really good deal on this hotel and it was so nice and had free breakfast! BOOM

    We decided to look at some sites Friday night and do the rest on Saturday!   First, we walked to the Colosseo = Colosseum and Arco di Costantino = Arch of Constantine, which were right beside each other.  [I forgot my camera charger, so I only have pictures form my phone, sorry!].  The Colosseum is seriously so huge in person and every place we went they were doing construction on the architecture! But we still were able to see the structures! Then, since we were there, we walked around the Roman Forum too.  Afterwards, we took the Colosseo metro to the Spagna metro stop, which is near the Trinità dei Monti (a church) which is famous for having the SPANISH STEPS.  We tried to understand its importance but there isn’t anything other that it leads to this church which I was unaware of till we saw the stairs!  I just kept saying that I saw the stairs in so many movies, why not go to the stairs!  Then, it was time for dinner! We found this outdoor restaurant, and I ordered spaghetti de carbonara (which is spaghetti with bacon, eggs and black pepper).  It had bacon in it so I was down! And for dessert I ordered terimisu (which is cake- usually angel cake- drenched in coffee and then topped with whipped cream and extra topping), that was amazingly good!  I was so impressed (: !! Then, we walked to the Fountana di Trevi = the Trevi Fountain, Erin heard it was way prettier at night So it was about 10pm and we thought the same; it was so gorgeous and huge!  I had no idea it was actually that big.  We were on one side at first, then we moved closer to the fountain and we did the traditional “throw a coin into the fountain”, which means you will return to Rome!! Let’s try!  Finally, we got tired and took the metro back to our hotel, but Erin got shut out of the metro! I have never seen her so terrified and then the doors opened again and we came in. We laughed it off, but I would have hated for her to be by herself in that creepy metro station!image

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    imageSaturday, we got ready and went to the floor above us and had breakfast! It was so good!  They even had Hot chocolate, which I had.  I had a piece of chocolate and vanilla marble cake and a glazed croissant, then a piece of turkey (sandwich meat stuff) with toast!  It was so good, I somewhat got seconds.. (:!  After we checked out we started our adventure with a metro ride from Piramide to Ottaviana , which is the stop for the Vatican City!  So you don’t need your passport to enter, but you needed appropriate attire to enter the museum and other building!  We didn’t make the cut, so we just took pictures of the Basilica St. Pietro = St. Peter’s church.  Y’all, this is where the pope talks and a lot of people stand at the bottom!  It is such a big area!  Apparently, only the pope and maybe some nuns live in the Vatican City!  Weird!  Anyways, we walked to Campo dè Fiori, which is like the Easter Market in DC but way smaller.  It was past noon, so we each bought a cup of fresh fruit! Also, that day was so hot! WE deiced to get lunch then at Ja’Jamma.  We al ordered pizza and this place made Nepali (the type from in Nepal, Italy) and it was so, so good and thick-crusted! The next place is something Erin picked, because her teacher told them about it in one of their italian classes.  It is called  Piazza Novana and has 3 really nice fountains.  The fountains had some great architecture, almost like roman mythology people.  I mean, I never really paid attention to that stuff in high school, but they had fish legs and some were naked!  Also, a lot of people were selling painted pictures, which was pretty cool!  Literally, 3 blocks away was the Pantheon and when we turned this corner we found it and it was so huge!  Fun fact: The height of the Pantheon is the same as the diameter of the dome!  So it’s as tall as it is wide!  It has this huge hole at the top and 22 small holes in the floor for draining when it rains!  So cool, it was built in 126… DANG!  We walked a few blocks north to this gelato place called Giolitti, on Via degli Uffici d. Vicario!  It was so nice, you had to buy the order first then go up to the bar and tell the man what you wanted. There were like 50 flavors and all in Italian, that was fun.  You could get up to 3 flavors on one cone/cup.  I ended up getting Ciocolotto e menta con panna = chocolate and mint with whipped cream!  It was some real mint gelato.  So I literally told Erin it tasted like bitting fresh mint form my backyard and then i saw a mint left in it and was like THIS IS SO REAL MINT!  Fresh out the garden!  Afterwards, we walked down this big shopping street called  Via del Corsotowards the Piazza del Popolo, that had two famous paintings by artist I don’t know but it was so huge and beautiful.  Lastly, we headed back to the hotel to get out bags and we headed for the hotel!  That was such a successful and packed trip but I enjoyed it.

    The thing I liked the most about Rome were the beautiful Italian guys !!  No,let me stop yes they were gorgeous but the italian atmosphere was amazing.  There were people on the street and on the metros playing Italian music that you hear in movies! IT’S REAL YOU GUYS!!!  The music is real and the language is so beautiful and way more understandable than spanish!  I’ll probably be speaking spanish in an italian accent all week!  But the Pantheon and Colosseum surprised me with their size!  They were so nice!  Ahh, I miss it already!

    The things they said a lot:

    • ciao = hello and godbye
    • grazi = thank you!

    All I could think of was the movie Eat, Pray, Love!  I was trying to envision Julia Roberts in Rome with us and enjoying all of it!  Ciao for now Rome! (: