S: Study Abroad 2011 Valencia, Spain (and Paris, France!)
FC: Study Abroad Summer 2011 | Valencia, Spain & Paris, France
1: Lunch at The Bone House in Huntsville!! | It was a crazy hectic week of class before we left, completing coursework and preparing our lessons to teach in Spain!! | Preparin' to Leave for Spain!
2: First view of the Spanish coast!! Look how blue the water is!
3: Orange trees are everywhere!! (We ARE in 'Valencia!!) | Views from the plane! | Welcome to Spain!
4: The dorm room at Galileo Galilei. | HAHA!! Our bathroom had a bidet! | The view from the balcony. | My closet for the week.
5: First view when we walked out of the dorm to catch the tram. Saw this A THOUSAND times!!
6: First time on the Mediterranean Shore!! | Been here 2 hours; I already love it!! | Amazing view of the mountains FROM THE BEACH!! I LOVE SPAIN!! | My first time to step into the Mediterranean!!!
7: Tour of the city:) | First view inside the city gates!! | Following the group.
9: One of our MANY picnic lunches (if I ever see another ham sandwich again... ) | Smile Meg!! | Will & Trish | One of the many street performers ha :)
10: Walkin' through pretty cathedrals
11: Pics from inside the city gates
12: Historical Market in Valencia | Look how healthy and bright the fruit here is!!
13: My 'fresas y naranjas' juice which looked WAY better than it tasted! | Sheena and her yummy strawberries
14: More beautiful cathedrals | Best chocolatier in Valencia!!
15: St. Vincent's arm!! | Our tour guide, Louisa. | The Holy Grail!!! | We found it!!
16: SO excited that I can stand in the water and still see my feet! This is NOT the Gulf of Mexico!!!! | Jess, me, and Sheena at BURGER KING of all places. | Standing in the Mediterranean!! | Burger King was an easy stop on the walk to the beach (we are in SPAIN and eating at Burger King...nice...) | One more beach day before our student teaching starts!! | Toes in the sand :) The sand is so silky!!!
17: Fun in The Mediterranean :) | This was the crazy guy who sold us sunglasses on the beach. My first experience talking down a Spanish vendor!!
18: Evening trip to the city | This was when I first had gelato! | Crazy sunglasses with fishnetted legs...
19: First night to FINALLY eat real, non-cafeteria, Spanish food!! | Finally, a glass of wine (or three)
20: This place felt so classy. Nice change from the cafeteria! | Our waiter, Christian. Not the friendliest waiter in the world... | The much friendlier (and hotter) busboy | The first musician of the evening who rocked out on his violin. This was pretty cool at first...but they just kept coming with their various instruments, played for three minutes, then asked for money...kinda got old fast!
21: Cheers :) | The shrimp they brought still had the eyeballs attached...I was very surprised, although this turned out to be very common in Spain... I sent them back. This must be frowned upon in Spain, cuz we didn't see our waiter again after that!! | Free after dinner shots- 'Aqua De Valencia' I think this was called. Very yummy!!
22: Nightlife in Spain, where the bars dont close till 8 a.m!! | The memorable night of Mister 'Sex-Slave-Driver' trying to lead the group to nowhere... | First picture with my new camera in my new dress!!! | Remember the crazy search for an ATM
23: Good lookin group of girls from Texas | Makin' friends with some of the locals | RIDICULOUSLY crowded here!!
24: FINALLY doin what I came here to do!! | SPECTACULAR views from the playground, and this school even has a pool for PE!! | My classroom!
25: Waitin' for our bus for 45 minutes the first day | My 5th grade class Mary Cass's 5B | My teaching partner and I
26: Go Texan Day!!! | Decorating the chalkboard for us <3 | You can take the girl outta Texas, but you can't take TX out of the girl, apparently. | The YUMMY cafeteria on day 1
27: The whole school filing into the auditorium for our TEXAS assembly. We taught them to do 'Copper Head Road' | The decorations made my heart happy. | Daniel was the cowboy of our class today! | Our kiddos after TX Jeopardy
28: Four-Square at recess | This is Trinity. She coached me up on Wall Ball! | I still got it.
29: Setting up for their 'graduation' later. We blew up a million balloons. | More line dancing practice!
30: Teamwork! | The sweet cards they made me! I'll cherish these forever! | Teamwork!
31: The completed TX trivia quilt | Teamwork!
32: I'm on a boat! | Wind in the Sail | DAY CRUISE ON THE MEDITERRANEAN!! | Dr. Swicegood says 'hi!'
33: Yummy Spanish PAELLA!! MMM!!!