I have the apartment all to myself this afternoon because Julia and Joanna wanted to do the Arab Baths before they left Granada, and I had already done them with Ian before. I needed to write a blog post and study anyhow, so the quiet is definitely a good thing for today 🙂 Today is my roommate’s 21st birthday so we are going to celebrate tonight! Our host mom bought a ginormous carrot cake (I wish I was a fan!) to have with friends too- it’s going to be a really fun evening.
Today was my last day of classes in Spain! Next week, we have finals and not much else planned. We’re getting to that point where we keep saying oh my gosh this is our last time crossing that bridge, or meeting these people after class, or hiking up to the Alhambra! There’s a lot to cross off the list before we leave, so we’ve been up to something after school everyday.
On Monday, I had a really nice 5.1 mile run. I haven’t been running far lately, so it felt good to actually get a good run in. In the afternoon, my roommates and I walked up to two different lookouts- in fact the ones we came to on our very first day in Granada. Joanna won’t see them again (she leaves TOMORROW to see her brother graduate high school), so we did our walk before supper and before the sun went down. It was a pretty night and I’m glad she talked Julia and I into going even though we had big presentations to get ready for.
On Tuesday we went to Carmen de los Martires, a free part of the Alhambra walking grounds. We found some new places and ended up walking around 5 miles! I had run 4 miles beforehand so I was really tired by the time I arrived back at the apartment.
We saw a ton of peacocks (“pavos reales” in Spanish which means “royal turkey”). They were everywhere, I was so scared to go anywhere near them but everyone else was for a while and the peacocks didn’t really do much. They are way bigger than I realized, but I warmed up to the situation after a little while 🙂
On Wednesday I ran 5 miles and then went to the park after class to study and read. I’ve only just started reading The Girl on the Train and it is so, so good! I was a little slow getting into it, but now I can’t stop reading which is a little sad because I don’t know what I’m going to read on the plane ride home. I was going to try and read it slowly but that is just not happening with the rate I’m going.
The Farewell Supper for our program was at a fancy restaurant with a view of the Alhambra that night! It was the actually last time everyone would be all together. There was a lot of amazing food and we had the chance to talk to people we don’t hang out with all that often. Croquetas, fruit salad, kebabs, potatoes, and cheesecake were all on the menu!
I’m clearly not too keen on leaving in a week:
And yesterday after classes we were all going to meet up at Parque Federico Garcia Lorca to study and hang out. I hadn’t run yet, so I ran the 2.1 miles to meet everyone there and added on an extra mile along the river! I like point A to point B runs, they make things a little more exciting. We may have talked a little more than we studied, but we all knew that was going to happen!
Thanks for reading, have a relaxing weekend 🙂