Abroad (week 3): Spain

This week has been full of adventure and sunshine!

5.17 / 5:30 post meridiem // On my blog post "I Found Paradise in Spain" I write about what it was like to visit Jesus's parent's home where they live right on this beautiful beach. They're so close to the beach, which is cut off from a more public beach by rocks, that this sandy cove is almost personally owned! You would think it was. White boats bobbed in crystal blue water. The cold sand had beautiful cast shadows dancing across from the setting sun. The sun was setting slowly on a warm, lazy day. 

5.17 / 5:30 post meridiem // On my blog post "I Found Paradise in Spain" I write about what it was like to visit Jesus's parent's home where they live right on this beautiful beach. They're so close to the beach, which is cut off from a more public beach by rocks, that this sandy cove is almost personally owned! You would think it was. White boats bobbed in crystal blue water. The cold sand had beautiful cast shadows dancing across from the setting sun. The sun was setting slowly on a warm, lazy day. 

5.18 / 6:31 post meridiem // Jaime raced himself for at least 30 minutes. He ran from one end of the yard to the front of the yard and back trying to beat his time each race. Maria and I timed him with our phones. He had so much fun running and never tired. I felt tired just watching! 

5.18 / 6:31 post meridiem // Jaime raced himself for at least 30 minutes. He ran from one end of the yard to the front of the yard and back trying to beat his time each race. Maria and I timed him with our phones. He had so much fun running and never tired. I felt tired just watching! 

5.19 / 5:41 post meridiem // Bread is a popular food source here. We devour it and keep having to buy more. I love to snack because I tend to be hungry a lot. When I am not doing HIIT workouts or walking around town a lot I can hold off on the snacks but when I'm hungry....I'm hungryyyy. Unfortunately, the food here revolves around young kids so there are cookies, nutella, candy, chips, and bread. I try my hardest to make healthy decisions but my typical snack was always a raw veggie or a boiled egg, which is not something sitting around in this house. There's a fruit bowl I use a lot, though!  It's tempting to slice some bread up when you're hungry! 

5.19 / 5:41 post meridiem // Bread is a popular food source here. We devour it and keep having to buy more. I love to snack because I tend to be hungry a lot. When I am not doing HIIT workouts or walking around town a lot I can hold off on the snacks but when I'm hungry....I'm hungryyyy. Unfortunately, the food here revolves around young kids so there are cookies, nutella, candy, chips, and bread. I try my hardest to make healthy decisions but my typical snack was always a raw veggie or a boiled egg, which is not something sitting around in this house. There's a fruit bowl I use a lot, though!  It's tempting to slice some bread up when you're hungry! 

5.20 / 3:28 post meridiem // I love walking around on a sunny day. When it's sunny I stay outside. Today (5.24) through Sunday are going to be stormy and grey. On Friday (5.20) it was sunny and warm so I trekked around town for a few hours. I love seeing beautiful sites like this.  A dirt road, country land, a Spanish casa, palm trees, and blue skies. Natural beauty is good for the soul! 

5.20 / 3:28 post meridiem // I love walking around on a sunny day. When it's sunny I stay outside. Today (5.24) through Sunday are going to be stormy and grey. On Friday (5.20) it was sunny and warm so I trekked around town for a few hours. I love seeing beautiful sites like this.  A dirt road, country land, a Spanish casa, palm trees, and blue skies. Natural beauty is good for the soul! 

5.21 / 9:52 ante meridiem // Most of the mugs here are funny or cute because of the kids. Saturday morning I slept in a little and made myself eggs inside a bagel.  Of course I made my morning tea. Tea time is a cozy, meditative time to think and rejuvenate.   

5.21 / 9:52 ante meridiem // Most of the mugs here are funny or cute because of the kids. Saturday morning I slept in a little and made myself eggs inside a bagel.  Of course I made my morning tea. Tea time is a cozy, meditative time to think and rejuvenate.   

5.22 / 11:45 ante meridiem // Sunday was the day I went surfing! This is right after I put my wetsuit on before my baptism began. Read my blog "My Baptism" for more details! Later that day we went home and ate lunch outside, drank sangria, and played games. That evening Alvaro and I walked to a local bar where he drank a Coke and I drank a beer. Then we came home to eat dinner and watch a football (soccer) match.

5.22 / 11:45 ante meridiem // Sunday was the day I went surfing! This is right after I put my wetsuit on before my baptism began. Read my blog "My Baptism" for more details! Later that day we went home and ate lunch outside, drank sangria, and played games. That evening Alvaro and I walked to a local bar where he drank a Coke and I drank a beer. Then we came home to eat dinner and watch a football (soccer) match.

5.23 / 2:34 post merdiem // is it lucky to take a photography at 2:34?? haha. The day after surfing I decided to walk to the same beach and back, timing how long it took, and trying to memorize the route. There are two routes. The first route took 1 hour and is the way we drove to get to the beach. The second route only took 30-45 minutes and was the route we took to get back home from the beach. I did not know the route back home very well. I was not paying attention in the car after surfing so I decided to take the risk and walk back to the house from the beach so that I would hopefully know the route after that. I knew a basic direction I needed to go so if I kept walking then I knew I'd eventually figure it out. On the way back home I started to get a little worried because I recognized nothing. Funny thing is I walked about 50 feet and found a familiar road I regularly walk on! Like Dory says, "just keep swimming!" It's my favorite motto. This photo was taken on the long route to the beach. It's a beautiful route! On the next sunny day (hopefully sometime next week) I will walk it again to take photographs. I took a photo of this house because the homes in this area of Spain amaze me. Next to a typical looking villa with Spanish architecture are all of these super modern homes. I could see more details than you can in this picture. Through the glass was their living room and it was easy to see from the road. The homes are modern in the sense that they are minimal with little decor, black and white, rectangular shapes connected to create a boxy geometrical shape unlike the typical A frame home, and there are large windows everywhere. It's so interesting to me to be walking around and see old homes that have been revamped to be more modern and then modern homes like this in the countryside. 

5.23 / 2:34 post merdiem // is it lucky to take a photography at 2:34?? haha. The day after surfing I decided to walk to the same beach and back, timing how long it took, and trying to memorize the route. There are two routes. The first route took 1 hour and is the way we drove to get to the beach. The second route only took 30-45 minutes and was the route we took to get back home from the beach. I did not know the route back home very well. I was not paying attention in the car after surfing so I decided to take the risk and walk back to the house from the beach so that I would hopefully know the route after that. I knew a basic direction I needed to go so if I kept walking then I knew I'd eventually figure it out. On the way back home I started to get a little worried because I recognized nothing. Funny thing is I walked about 50 feet and found a familiar road I regularly walk on! Like Dory says, "just keep swimming!" It's my favorite motto. This photo was taken on the long route to the beach. It's a beautiful route! On the next sunny day (hopefully sometime next week) I will walk it again to take photographs. I took a photo of this house because the homes in this area of Spain amaze me. Next to a typical looking villa with Spanish architecture are all of these super modern homes. I could see more details than you can in this picture. Through the glass was their living room and it was easy to see from the road. The homes are modern in the sense that they are minimal with little decor, black and white, rectangular shapes connected to create a boxy geometrical shape unlike the typical A frame home, and there are large windows everywhere. It's so interesting to me to be walking around and see old homes that have been revamped to be more modern and then modern homes like this in the countryside.