For my final big trip of the semester, I decided what would be more perfect than experiencing another part of the country that I have grown to love. Marina, my friend from Australia, and I decided to take a trip to the south of Spain and explore the cities of Alicante, Granada, and Malaga.
I chose to go to Alicante because my best friend from back home in NE is currently studying there for 6 weeks this summer. After 5 months of being on separate continents, I couldn't handle the thought of not traveling to visit Mallory when we were in the same country! A short bus and plane ride later, we were finally reunited! Mallory, Marina, Taryn (one of my other friends from back home), and I enjoyed the short 2 days that we had in Alicante. We explored the night life and spent a day at San Juan beach. Taryn, Mallory, and I were all fascinated with the clear blue water. It was seriously the clearest water that I had ever seen! Marina, being from Australia, had seen clearer water, but even she admited it was a beautiful beach. After being separated for 5 months, it was wierd to only see each other for a mere 24 hours. Luckily, it won't be long before we are reunited yet again for San Fermin in Pamplona!
The next part of our trip was Granada. Marina had been to Granada a couple months earlier, and was absolutely in love with the town. I soon understood this love. In Granada, we stayed with two friends of Marina's from Australia. The girls were amazing! The took us out to their favorite nightclubs, took us to a bbq at another foreign exchange student's house, showed us around Granada, and took us to our very first bull fight! Granada quickly become one of my favorite places that I have ever been too!
The last leg of Marina and I's journey was Malaga. We only had one full day in Malaga so we spent it touring Pablo Picasso's birthplace and museum, exploring Alcazaba (a Moorish fort where weapons were stored), and doing one of the toughest hikes I had ever done up a mountain to a castle lookout.
I guess I shouldn't really say that it's the end of my traveling adventures. I am going to Barcelona to meet my dad and his friend in just a little over a week! I can't even begin to say how excited I am to see my dad and to show him Spain! I am even more excited to experience San Fermin with him!! Stay tuned for details on that adventure :)