11.01.2010 - 24.01.2010
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After a long Christmas break during which we traveled quite literally the entire time, Matt and I have returned to Vera and are settling in for our second semester as language and cultural assistants at our fine institutions here in Almería, Spain. While we saw many things over break as we traveled first through Andalucía with my mom and later up through other parts of Spain and then on to Italy, we seem to often find ourselves in just as many strange and quirky situations here in our quite little town of Vera. For instance, at one point this week Matt and I ended up having to help a dog who was stuck in an old torn up T-shirt and would not move out of the middle of the road. Furthermore, I’m little worried that Matt may never leave Vera now as earlier this week he found out that even after returning library books weeks after they are due, the Vera library does not charge any late fees.
Yet, as exciting as life in Vera is, the following blogs are written about the three weeks we spent traveling over Christmas break rather than the past few weeks since we’ve returned to Vera. During the 20 day trip, we traveled on seven trains, six buses, stayed in eleven hotels, took two airplanes, and visited the following cities: Granada, Córdoba, Sevilla, Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Rome, Venice, and Milan. In other words, we’re now quite broke and eating lots of bread and cheese in Vera until we receive next month’s stipend. So, enjoy the following entries and pictures as it may still be a few more weeks before we will be able to afford to travel anywhere again!