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Hace un mes que he estado en Espana...

(One month in!)

It's been a month since I've been in Spain, and I can't believe it! But I don't wanna talk about it.. time seems to be going by too quickly.. So fast that I don't even have time to blog! So let's catch up a little bit...

Two weekends ago, the Sunday after the sidreria, Ada and I made our first REAL meal. Spinach pesto penne with chicken!
I think it turned out pretty well!
Recipe found here! (we added the chicken on our own).

We have been taking turns with our roommates choosing and cooking meals on Sunday where we all sit down and eat together. This Sunday, it's mine and Ada's turn again. We will be attempting lemon garlic shrimp with veggies. We have been turning to Pinterest for recipe ideas.
The shrimp recipe we saw on Pinterest, and it led us to this blog

Last weekend we were in Barcelona for the Barcelona vs Real Sociedad (San Sebastian) game! Well, we didn't go to the game..but we "watched" it at a bar called Oveja Negra. We met up with a few girls we know from University of Idaho who are studying in Barcelona, so it was cool to see them and have them show us around the city :)

While in Barcelona, we ate some good food...
drank some sangria, experienced a hostal for the first time...
First hostal experience was great. The owner was a crack up, but he was awesome. He thought he was Tupac and we could hear his mediocre rapping skills outside our door as he sang along to a variety of old cliche rap songs, including 50 cent's "This is how we do." He also left friendly reminders above the toilet paper...
^^got called Charlie's Angels with these two, had a little taste of home at Starbucks (guilty), became very acquainted with the metro (on our last ride we hurdled over the gate to get in...such rebels!), but my favorite part had to be seeing Antoni Gaudi's work. Between his work and the metro shooting out of dark tunnels, our trip had a little Disneyland feel to it... Gaudi's work is so magical and just plain cool. Here is some of his stuff we got to visit:

Sagrada Familia

La Casa Batllo

La Casa Mila

Pretty awesome weekend. We returned home on Sunday, with another week of school in store. I had my first test, which turned out pretty well! On Friday, we took a bus with the USAC group about an hour outside of San Sebastian to visit a traditional Basque farmhouse, a church, and the coast of Zumaia.

The farmhouse was called Igartubeiti. In spanish, the farmhouse is a caserio, and in Basque, a baserria.
I got the impression that caserios were mainly focused on making cider (like the cider we drank at the sidreria! Basque country seems to be known for their sidrerias). Anyway, the caserio is built around the structure that makes the cider.
So they would smash apples like so....
And then the smashed apples would be put in a pile, and they'd place all this wood on top to squeeze out the juices (at least that's what I got out of it..)
So the caserio is built around this structure, but it's where the families lived and did all their other work. I've always wanted to live on a farm, but when I saw this, my vision became a little more specific.. I could see myself in a caserio :)

We then visited Aranzazu where we had lunch and visited the basilica (church).

The last stop of the day was in Zumaia- what a neat place! We took a boat ride and we met with a geologist who told us a little about the importance of Zumaia. We stood on the cliffs above the ocean where we could see layers of time in the earth's crust. The cliffs were "striped" and we could see one set of one million years in one layer next to another set of one million years, etc. We were also told that a layer of iridium was found here, which indicated a meteorite hit 65 million years ago.. Explanation of dinosaur extinction? All in all, the coast of Zumaia was interesting and beautiful.. and FREEZING! but that didn't stop us from enjoying the visit :)

New songs and some more catching up:

"When I came to Spain and I saw people partying.. I was like what the f***?"
That's a line from Sak Noel's "Loca People" hahah it's kind of a stupid song, but it's catchy and pretty hilarious. And it has some truth to it! People here party "all day, all night" Well, mainly just all night. 1am until 7am is normal on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday here. "La gente esta muy loca!"
Here's the youtube video

Well, this song isn't new, but it will forever be a favorite party song. Ada and I freak out whenever it comes on! Shout out to you Mom.. I know you love this song! haha :)
LMFAO's Sexy and I know it
These guys are coming to Madrid during the weekend of St Patty's... almost gave in and bought concert tickets.. but decided on Dublin, Ireland for that weekend instead :) So excited!

A carrousel in San Sebastian early in the morning
Photo cred: Lauren Kato

Ugh we had snowfall twice in San Sebastian :/ But I guess seeing snow on the beach was pretty neat...
Photo cred: Lauren Kato

Mine and Ada's beds


And the bide...I don't know why but I think this thing is so weird...

Well that's all I've got for now! Thanks for checking out the blog :)

Posted by SierraRose 04:37

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Al day! All night! WTF! Could see how that could become a theme song and glad to see song is filling your days. Really liked the Gaudi architecture pictures, one of my favorite things to do in a new city is take an early morning run and marvel at the architectural styles...glad you enjoy that too. Thnaks for the pics of your aprtment, nice to know where you are. luv, brd

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