|La Malagueta neighborhood, Málaga|
Traveling to MálagaOn Wednesday, May 1, we had the day off for Día de los Trabajadores—“Day of the Workers” or Labor Day—but my school decided to put two of its free placement holidays on the following Thursday and Friday to give us a crazy-long weekend. I didn’t go traveling for the whole five days, but I did spend a few days going down to south-central Andalucía. First stop was Málaga, one of the oldest cities in Spain, where I was a beach bum despite the chilly weather and did usual touristy things like explore the cathedral, appreciate Picasso paintings, and hike up castles. Spit-roasted sardines, popular along the coast, were some of the best food I’ve had anywhere!
|Enamorados Rock, Antequera|
|Wisteria at the Alhambra, Granada|
Renewing for Year 2 in GaliciaI had heard back from the Ministry of Education in April that I was accepted to work for another year up north in Galicia, but I found out my specific school placement in early May. It sounds like the government is a lot more on top of things this year; most renewals didn’t get their regional placements until at least late May in 2012. Anyway, I’ll be teaching at an elementary school in a small fishing village on the Atlantic coast called Abanqueiro, part of the town of Boiro—which are about 50km outside of the Galician capital Santiago de Compostela. I’m not necessarily looking forward to a long commute to school from Santiago, but at the same time I can’t wait to experience a different part of the country. Nothing against my current school and the region of Andalucía—this has been one of the best years of my life!—it’s just that being in Galicia (just north of Portugal) will make it much easier to travel to all the places in the north. Andalucía will always be my favorite region, though!
Training for the Camino
|Hiking in the olive groves to Sabiote|
With my friend Ashley, a fellow American in town, I walked 20km round-trip to the neighboring village of Sabiote for the last day of their medieval festival. We watched horse races, crawled around the castle, enjoyed the festive atmosphere in the main plazas—and even ran into a teacher I work with! It was fairly warm, but we really loved passing through the endless olive groves on the way there.
Later we would take the bus to Villanueva del Arzobispo where I work and hike up the hill to Iznatoraf, a beautiful village of just 1,000 people, right on top of a mountain. Then we hiked back down and just barely made it to the bus station in time. Phew!
Touring Córdoba’s Patios
|A patio in Córdoba|
|Goodbye notes from the first graders|