Day 33 – June 26th:
We got up early and checked out of the apartments and took taxi vans to the airport. Our professors and two other students were not going with us back to the states yet, so they stayed behind while the eight of us that were going back to Kansas and the three of us going back to the Bahamas checked our bags and said goodbye. This would start our long day and journey back home. I was really sad to be leaving Spain because I loved my time there and could’ve stayed longer. Our flight to Dallas was painfully long but we eventually made it. We had a little over an hour to make our connecting flight to Kansas City and it was pretty stressful. We had to get out from the back of the plane and go through our customs then get our luggage then go through customs again and then go through TSA again and get to a different terminal and our gate. Someone from our group got stopped at each checkpoint and it delayed us a little more. We were on the tram to get to the correct gate and terminal and the tram broke down in front of the doors in our terminal but on the opposite side of our gate. So we ran from approximately gate C39 to C2 because we only had fifteen minutes to make our flight and we did not want to miss it because of the tram. When we got there they had not started boarding yet so we got lucky but we were all out of breath and relieved we were not going to miss our flight home. When we got home my parents came and gave me a huge hug and I was relieved to be home after all of the stress and craziness of the last few days. I loved my time in Granada and I would definitely visit Spain again someday.
Day 29 – June 22nd:
Today was our last day of classes at DeLengua and we took a picture with our class and our teachers. After class my roommates and I went shopping for souvenirs because it was our last day in Granada. We took a break at one point because it was over 100 degrees most days. I went back out after a while and bought what I thought was a skirt or a dress but it turned out to be Aladdin pants. I was slightly disappointed by this find because I thought the pattern would make a really cute skirt. My roommates and I also took our host mom out to dinner at Cantina Mejicana again. We ended up going to walk around Granada and go to a concert on the other side of the city after dinner and did not get back until pretty late. We had a wonderful time with our host mom and we made sure she knew how much we appreciated her while we were there.
Day 28 – June 21st:
We had another language exchange today at a different location with a different group of people. I ordered a drink for once and got a mango margarita. It was my first margarita and it was delicious. We talked in Spanish to them for a while and it was a little more difficult because it was loud in there as well. There also were more of us than there were of them. It took us a long time to find the bar in the first place because they gave us the location and my roommates and I used google maps to find it. When we got there we saw a few others from our group outside but when we got closer we realized it was not where we were supposed to meet. When we were done with the language exchange my roommates and I walked back and got some gelato.
Day 25 – June 18th:
Today was a pretty lazy day until a group of us decided to go up to the caves and watch a Flamenco show. It cost around 20 euros but it was worth it. We got a free drink with the show and we sat really close together in these long and skinny caves. They danced in the aisle and you had to watch your feet so you did not get stepped on. They had people playing instruments and singing and then the Flamenco dancers were dancing and you could tell in some of the dances they were telling a story. At one point a young girl around the age of 11 came in and was dancing and she was really good. I was amazed at how quickly their feet moved because I have no rhythm and cannot dance at all. Later they were bringing people up to dance with them and I was pulled up there to dance but I wasn’t really sure what to do so I tried but it wasn’t that great. It was a really great show and it was really cool to see everyone watching get involved and having a good time.
Day 21 – June 14th:
Today during classes we went out into the street to watch La Tarasca, which is a traditional parade in Granada. There were a few bands playing music and some of the songs they played were American and we recognized them. There were these people who held up what looked like giant puppets or figures on stilts and I think they represented the Muslim rulers and Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. There were people that had some weird costumes and I am not sure what they were supposed to represent. Eventually there were these people who had giant heads on their shoulders and they were carrying what looked like a balloon. Then they started hitting people on the head with them hard. We later found out they were blown up and dried cow stomachs. After that we walked around for a while with our classes and looked at the signs in a plaza. They had a picture and a small story or the meaning behind the picture. It got really hot outside so we decided to head back to the school and finish class. After class a few of us went to go shopping for souvenirs for our friends and family. Later my roommates and I went back up to the terrace and took some pictures since it was one of our last days in Granada.
Day 20 – June 13th:
After classes and dinner, Paige, Jenika, Ashley, Linsey and I decided we were going to go back to the festival. We figured out what bus to take and went back. We walked around the carnival part first and watched Paige try to win a game where you shot little miniature bottles of alcohol with a gun with a cork as the bullet. She unfortunately did not win. We then watched some kids try it and one of them knocked off a bottle. The legal drinking age in Spain is 18, and there was a sign that said you had to be 18 to play, but the kids did not look 18. The guy running the game seemed to be laid back though and not ask questions. We decided we were going to ride some of the rides when it got a little bit darker. We walked around the bar and club area some just to see where we could get a drink. I ordered a sangria because I did not know what drinks they offered because there was not a menu. After I had that we walked around some more and I decided I wanted to go back and see if I could figure out how to order a different drink to try something new. I did not know the name of drinks so I chickened out and ordered Malibu rum with pineapple juice again. Ashley went with me and we walked back to the place where the other girls were eating. After everyone was finished eating and drinking we decided to ride a couple rides. We rode this haunted house one and I was terrified. Linsey stayed behind so I sat in front with Ashley and Paige and Jenika were behind us. I ended up clinging on for dear life to Ashley’s arm and put my head down with my eyes closed the entire time. Of course that just prompted the people who jumped out to scare you to target me. One of the things I noticed was that in Spain the people scaring you were allowed to touch you, while in America they are generally not supposed to touch you. That scared me more because I was not expecting it. After that we went to this other ride that looked like the SeaDragon at Worlds of Fun. Ashley, Paige, Jenika, and I decided to ride it. The only thing that was different about this ride was that instead of sitting in the seats, you stood in cages on opposite ends of the ride behind the rows of seats. So you went even higher than normal! There was nothing to strap you into this cage either, just a lot of bars to hold onto. It was kind of scary now that I look back on it but at the time I just was so excited and having a lot of fun. When you got to the highest point of the ride you almost floated in the air and it was such a cool feeling. After that we just walked around some more and Ashley and I decided to try these doughnut things that looked like funnel cake. They were really good and they gave us the little miniature plastic forks to eat it with. We left the festival shortly after that and went home.