Saturday, February 8, 2014

Good bye 2013, Hello 2014!

Wow! It has been a long time since I have updated this. I have just been so busy!!
Erin and I were fortunate enough to spend out holidays in France. We first went to Dijon for 4 nights where our friend Coline is from. Her family was so nice to take us in for Christmas. We had such a great time experiencing a French Christmas full of champagne, seafood and lots of laughter. Coline and her family were so sweet and made us feel so welcome. Although we were sad to not be with our families on Christmas, they made it much easier being away.

After Dijon, we made our way up to Paris for 4 more nights. We enjoyed seeing the beautiful city all lit up! It truly is a breathtaking place to be. And despite their reputation, Erin and I were treated very well and found Parisians to be very friendly and helpful.

Then, on New Years Eve we went directly to Zamora, Spain to be with our roommate and friend Alba! We had dinner with her family and ate 12 grapes at midnight. Here in Spain at midnight it is a tradition to eat 12 grapes to have good luck all year. After, we went out to the bars with all of her friends. We always are welcomed with open arms to Zamora and have such a great time!!

My new school is also going great. This year I have a lot more responsibility than I did at my other school but I really enjoy it. I am able to learn a lot of myself and teaching! I am working mostly with preschool and kindergarten ages children. But I cover all ages from 5 months to 7 years old. Those young ones are definitely not easy haha. Lots of energy and creativity is required but it is also so rewarding!! I have been asked to return next year and I have happily accepted.

The last weekend in January was a holiday for teachers so Erin and I took the opportunity to visit our dear friend Maggie!! Maggie is from Kansas and we met in 2010 in Granada studying abroad. We instantly clicked and became good friends. It was Maggie and Justin with whom I moved back to Madrid with! Maggie has been all over the place! After our first year in Madrid she moved to a small town in the southwest of Spain. And this year she is living in Palma de Mallorca, one of the islands off the east of the country.
We had a great time touring the island and catching up! i look forward to going back very soon!! :)

This year we have lots of trips planned!! Have to make the most of our time here and we have a verrrrrry long list of places we want to see!!So, I will be sure to keep this updated! :)
Love and miss you all!

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