The last 7 days have been extremely busy (I mean as busy as Spanish lifestyle allows) and I've loved every minuted of those days. This past week was 'Semana Cultural' as my school. This is a week dedicated to some part of culture. This week it was dedicated to painting, so the students 'studied' famous artists and their work. But mostly it was an excuse to do fun things all week.
After another rainy weekend we started off Tuesday (because Monday we had off of school for some celebrations) with a trip to Parque Moret. A park near our school. We met what would be the equivalent of a playground leader for the park and rec department and they led the students in games and activities (yes I felt a little parks nostalgic) Us teachers stuck around for a while, but then of course we had to go get breakfast and coffee. Wednesday the kids decorated book marks as a fund raiser to sell to their families.
Something that is happening in Andalucia that you may not know about is the Feria de Sevilla. It's a festival in Seville that is very popular. In this fair ground area of the city they set up tents called Casetas. Most of the Casetas are private, meaning families or neighborhoods own them and the general public can't go in. There are several public tents as well. You eat, and drink and dance in the Casetas and everyone is wearing flamenco dresses, the typical outfits you think of when you think of Spanish culture. It really is awesome to see. On Saturday a few of us decided to check out the Feria. I told my bilingual coordinator I was going and she found a dress for me! So I went to the Feria very feeling very Spanish in my flamenco dress. It was a pretty nice day and we spent the day wonder the Feria and then the streets of Sevilla for the day. It was fun because my friend and myself had dresses and we were just walking around the streets all day wearing them and it was completely normal, it's just such a fun culture! It was a really fun day.
Sunday it was my friend's birthday and she organized a little birthday lunch and day at the beach. It was beautiful weather and we just have a few drinks, ate and hung out at the beach all afternoon. Perfect. It was seriously one of my best weeks here. I had so much fun with my school, at feria and the beach, oh man. May is just a great month in Spain because the weather is nice and there are a lot of fiestas. The Spanish are always celebrating something, especially in May. It was much enjoyed by this American and i'm looking forward to the few I have left.