It’s now getting to the point where wearing anything more than you would wear to the beach is too hot come midday, presenting problems regarding appropriateness at school. They did not seem pleased when I turned up in my bikini. Just kidding. I’m not a monster…although it is only April, so only time will tell.
Today was a lovely day; I finished school at 1.15pm as usual (pity me and my long, long…
Last Tuesday the school had the annual visit from a group of students and teachers from Adel Primary School in Leeds. Basically a day filled with workshops and food and displays of music and dance from each culture. Pretty standard.
The Wednesday before, Teresa, my coordinator had told me that she would be giving an introduction and welcome speech at the beginning of the day, when the school…
Us auxiliares are very lucky to have the timetables we do, or the majority of us anyway. From 11.15am on a Thursday I am free until Monday. Not only this but we have just had “Semana Blanca” or White Week, in Málaga only, where we had a week off for no particular reason. So I have decided to take full advantage of this and the fact that we get paid; so in Semana Blanca, Est, our friend David and I went to Prague, Czech Republic for three days and Vienna, Austria for two. Just because.
Prague was one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to. Seriously. Everywhere you turn there is something that grabs your attention and makes you whip out your camera. Consequently I was that annoying person wandering around with my big Nikon hanging around my neck…made for some great photos of me! Plus the weather was not half as hideously cold as I/Google expected it to be, with temperatures around 9/10 degrees celsius for the three days we were there. Fantastic. St Vitus Cathedral was hands down the most breath taking building I have ever seen; we all just sat at looked at it as the sun went down for about 10 minutes. Plus goulash is one of the best foods ever, and don’t even get me started on the beer.
Vienna afterwards was a mistake, in that after Prague, nothing felt as awesome as that. So we got to Vienna and we were like “…meh”. Of course it was a perfectly nice city – it’s just a lot more cosmopolitan than Prague. Prague had things like Starbucks and McDonalds dotted around but they were nicely hidden under the pretty buildings and drowned out by the Gothic architecture, whereas in Vienna they were very prominent, with neon signs jutting out everywhere and the shop fronts covered in gaudy plastic. The Belvedere Palace was beautiful, as was the Viennese Ferris wheel at night…it just wasn’t quite Prague.
Seville was the result of poor planning and a lack of desire to be bound to go to a party with a return trip home only starting at 11am the following morning. Everybody recommended Cádiz as the place to go to see carnaval, but I personally don’t really enjoy that sort of thing for more that 3 hours – would happily see it for a couple of hours if I could get back easily, but it didn’t work out that way! So last Wednesday I suggested to Esther that we go to Seville, since it has a direct line from Málaga and the train tickets were only 18.90 euros each, staying in a hostel obviously. Luc decided to come on Saturday rather than Friday. What followed was a great weekend filled with tapas, flamenco, beer, lots of hot, HOT sunshine and ice cream. Sevilla is a gorgeous city, and I definitely need to live there at some point.
There are so many more places I need to visit, like Cordoba, Cádiz obviously, Barcelona, Valencia…the list goes on. Think this is a good start to that.
This song was on repeat on the way there and back from Seville. No particular reason other than that I love it.Viajeros http://wp.me/s2oUJT-viajeros Us auxiliares are very lucky to have the timetables we do, or the majority of us anyway.