We have been here in Spain for almost 6 months. Crazy how time is flying! Life has settled into its routine, and while we have discovered things that aren’t perfect, we are still pretty happy here. In fact, we are planning to stay for one more school year.
I will get more into day-to-day life in another post, but now I just wanted to share a few recent things we’ve done close to home.
First, we just got to see our first Semana Santa. What we would just consider plain old Spring Break back home, in Spain it becomes a week-long celebration of Easter. This Catholic country shows their religion in a much different way than we are used to in the US’s “separation of church and state” culture. The week was very interesting and the processions going through town a few times each day were fun to watch.
For some reason, the majority of the parades went out at a (to my american self) ridiculously late hour! The first night, we were woken up after midnight as a procession was passing a block away from us.
In addition to the Semana Santa processions, we’ve also had fun exploring in our town. C took us all on a nice hike up the hillside. First, we headed from home and followed along the Paseo that runs along the sea.
Then, where the road seems to end, we took a secret path around the corner…
and walked along a path next to the seawhich actually leads to the nudist beach in town (that seems like a good place for it, right?), but I didn’t take any pictures there ;-). Then we headed up.
The path snaked along the cliff and offered us amazing views of the sea and the town, like this….
Finally, we reached our goal (well, everyone’s goal, but C – he wanted to carry on further) – a pretty, but deserted blue house on the hill. We climbed up for a rest and a snack.
After a little bit, we headed back to town, once again enjoying the views.
It was a nice day and a nice 4-mile round trip walk from our house.
The last pictures I’m going to include are when we took a quick walk up to the castle just a few hundred meters from our house. It overlooks the park where the kids like to play, so we see it all the time, but rarely make the walk up to see it. One day recently we did (though we still haven’t actually gone inside yet!)
More adventures to come!