|Cangas De Onis (with an ancient Roman bridge)|
|The water was picturesque. Like a deep, aqua, green-blue|
I'll just cut to the chase. I've just passed my 4 months here in Spain, and things are still going splendidly. I'm finally getting a better handle on the lesson plans this semester, (Praise God!) and still getting to explore around the area, and loving the beautiful landscape. I am not, however, loving the weather. It's so cold and rainy. And people constantly tell me, "Yeah, but you're from near Chicago and it's so much colder there!" With my reply being, "Yes, but I'm not in Chicago, now am I? I'm here. And HERE, I'm ALWAYS freezing!!!" (Keep in mind, we don't have heat in our flat, and the temperature has been hovering in the 30's and 40's the past few weeks. I have to go to sleep with thick socks, long layers, and I feel like I'm from the olden days, because I fill a hot water bottle and stuff it in my bed to keep warm.) Finally, we've had a few days of some sunshine and warmer weather, and it was just enough to improve my attitude. Who am I kidding - I was ecstatic. I always joke with my roommate, because it's so obvious what the weather is just based on my attitude and attire alone. On sunny days, I'm playing loud, beachy music, making all of these healthy dishes with fresh fruits, decked out in some form of bright pink clothing, singing and dancing... and then the rain hits, and I'm covered in black while eating my feelings, with a hat over my head and drinking coffee in a dark corner, listening to shadowed music. (whatever that means). I can only handle so many days in constant rain, wind, hail, etc. I was beginning to get a bit depressed, especially after people told me that even when we're in spring and summer, (depending on who you talk to) the weather never really gets THAT much better. It peaks in the low 70's in the warmest part of summer, still with it's occasional (or frequent) rain, and that's about it. Consider my bubble burst. On the bright side, (literally), I'm so grateful I've now had some sunshine, which has helped enormously! I'm also going to start taking some Vitamin D, and I've started making a lot of fresh smoothies, which seems to boost my spirits. And listening to a little reggae never hurts either. :)
|Some of the buildings had clothes from Santa, elves, etc "hanging out to dry",|
|With some ladies from our tiny church, about to walk through the Christmas Market in Begoña. (You can spot me by my gigantic scarf).|
|A small snippet of a window Christmas display.|
|With Jo at the gospel choir concert.|
|New Year's Venezuelan cuisine.|
|Eating our New Years dinner.|
|Plaza Mayor, New Years Eve, before the party started.|
|Alejandro, Ana and I before we met up with the others.|
Plaza Mayor, New Years Eve. In the action.
|El Dia de Los Reyes Magos. Oviedo, Spain|
|After the parade.|
|Confetti, and Melchor, one of the Three Kings.|
|At the parade in Oviedo, January 2015|
|Sightseeing in the mountains.|
|On a mountain excursion.|
|Out for my roommate's birthday dinner at the ever popular Gepetto's Italian Restaurant.|
|Terrible picture of us, but Fernando and I hiking in Cabo de Peñas.|
|View from the top, after hiking up a steep cliff. Cabo de Peñas.|
|Hilltop view overlooking Gijón, the mountains, and the ocean. In person, it was breathtaking.|
|On this hilltop, you can grill, picnic, camp... so guess what I'll be doing when the weather warms up!|
|"American Footballer's"- in the words of my Spanish and British friends. I was the only American. ;)|
This was our best attempt at being intimidating.
I'm also happy to report that we now have a small oven!! (Ana surprised me one night, and I was so excited I jumped and clapped and hugged her!) So, I've been looking up all kinds of recipes to try. Once I've tackled basic english recipes, maybe I'll attempt a Spanish one. We'll see.
|Our kitchen, after a "quick" trip to Ikea. The creative juices were flowing, and I stripped the kitchen bare to reorganize everything.|
|My new oven! Isn't it adorable? I didn't even know they existed like this! It's so tiny. But it works. :)|
Miss you all tremendously!
Until next time...
Enjoy the pics!
|Don't let that innocent, snowy look fool you. That's after another hail storm.|
|Driving home from the Ski Resort in the mountains. It's amazing to me that this is so close to Gijón!|