Each of the students have shared a bit about their weekends. As we head to Granada on Monday and Tuesday, please enjoy the posts from the weekend!
On Friday night, my host student, Isa, had a math class and needed to study for her finals, so my host mom asked me if I wanted to go take pictures at a concert. I wasn’t sure what she was really talking about, but I agreed. We walked over from the house to a concert hall where we found a hoard of 14 year old girls excitedly talking. My host mom explained to me that they were all there to see the winner of La Voz Kids, a boy named Jose María Ruiz.
La Voz Kids Season 2 winner, Jose Maria Ruiz, is now signed to Pep’s Music Group.
We met up with her friend and her daughters, and immediately walked downstairs to find Jose standing there! The girls and the moms took pictures with him, and we stayed for the concert after. Although I could barely hear him singing over all the screaming girls, it was a really fun bonding experience with my host mom.
On Saturday morning, my host mom woke me up to get churros for breakfast, which I will miss so so much when we leave!
After we ate, we walked around the center and went to a few museums to learn about Chiclana de la Frontera. She told me about the history of wine and salt in Chiclana and explained ancient artifacts to me. We also went to a market and bought a bunch of fish and vegetables. After a few hours of rest, we drove to their apartment by the beach for lunch. There, we made paella, which is a delicious Spanish dish.
Paella is a dish from the Valencia region of Spain and can be made with a variety of different add-ins. The color comes from the addition of saffron.
The one we made consisted of chicken, rice, and green beans. We also had mussels and chorizo. It was so good, and I’m really excited to make it at home (or at least try)! It had been raining for a while but the sun eventually came out just as we finished lunch, and we walked along the boardwalk. It was so beautiful and sunny, and it was great to bond with my host dad, as he works a lot so I don’t see him as often. Overall, this weekend was a great opportunity to bond with my host parents and learn more about where I’m staying!
Maria’s family and I drove about two hours to Marbella, a beautiful coastal city that is famous for summer vacations (like the Hamptons, for example).
During the drive to Marbella, Maria’s mom pointed out various locations that surprised me, including Gibraltar. I could not believe I could see Gibraltar from the car windows so clearly! That was the moment that once more assured me that I’m at the very south of Spain, full of bright sunshine, despite abnormally colder weather this last week.
Visitors to Marbella can often find ongoing sand castle competitions.
The Golden Mile in Marbella includes Puerto Banús, which includes a luxury marina and shopping complex. Marbella faces the Mediterranean Sea and is part of the Costa del Sol, which is named for the yearlong sunny weather. Surprisingly, when we visited there was spontaneous rain in the early morning!
Walking around the beautiful coastline and having amazing conversation with María and her parents were great ways to spend the weekend.
For lunch, we went to a traditional and typical Spanish bar. It is very common in Spain to eat in bars, the same as eating in restaurants. Since Marbella is a coastal city that is well-known for seafood (and we all love seafood!), we ate different dishes of camarón (small shrimp in Spain). It was indeed very delicious and it was great to observe and be part of the energetic atmosphere.