Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Malaga

Hello my very missed friends and family,
Today was a MUCH better day.  I had my classes, which were fine.  I am struggling to understand Spain Spanish.  There C's sound like th's here, (it sounds like they all have this really bad lisp) and other little quirks so I find myself a little lost in class, but the teachers here are very helpful.  I am learning a lot of stuff that I didn't learn in Costa Rica, so that is a big plus.  This is my school:



Yesterday afternoon I went into the city.  It is such a gorgeous city.  Old buildings, and lovely little walk ways.  Artists on the streets, nuns and priests walking around, church bells ringing, two men on a bench playing an accordian and trumpet.  I could have walked around the city all day but I had to get back for dinner.  I also went to the Plaza de Toros de La Malagueta, (in english: bullfighting ring).  Here are some pics I took of the city.


Plaza de Toros (no fights were planned this month)




Everyone rides scooters here... EVERYONE~!

This is the Cathedral. It was my favorite thing that day. If you are a Ken Follett fan, he wrote "World Without End" and "Pillars of the Earth", then you can understand why I am so fascinated by cathedral building.  In his books he talks about the master builder and his plans for building such a massive and complex structure.  It was so cool to walk into this building and know the history of how it was built. This one was built in the 1400's.






Today, as a school activity, we all went on a hike.  The leader said "It's just a nice little hike up the mountain".. nice little hike my ass.  This was the equivalent of AB mountain in Skagway, but not as high.  Luckily I was prepared.  Here are some pictures:

Here is some of the students at the school.  Left to right:  Frank - Germany, Me, Matiz - Germany, Leon - Germany, Forgot her name - Holland, Dede - Holland, Charletta, Holland, Daniel - Austria


Malaga


The top of San Anton Mountain


Malaga after sundown

Tomorrow I am going to go to the train station, and then to the city center again to look around.  I am hoping to go to the Picasso museum.  Did you know that Pablo Picasso was born here?  I didn't, but he was, it's true.  So I will go and admire some of his work.

Hasta manana!!

Cole

4 comments:

Michelle marin said...

You're pictures are beautiful! I can't wait to see more!

xoxo

Carol said...

Oh I am so glad today went better than yesterday! I love the pictures, what a beautiful city! Looks like there are some cute guys in your class! I hope you're having fun. I look forward to reading your blog every day! I love and miss you, mom xoxo

Michelle marin said...

So, I’ve started listening to audio books at work and I’m currently listening to Eat Pray Love. I’ve never read it, but you and many others have suggested it to me so I figured this was as good time to do so. And I have to say, it’s amazing. It’s great in audio because Liz is actually reading it aloud and it’s wonderful to hear her speak Italian! I just finished chapter 36, meaning I just finished Italy. While reading (well I guess listening) to this section, all I could think about was you. The whole, after 30 part, and the not exactly sure why you’re traveling part, and the love life part (not the divorced part, but the in-limbo part), and the stick out like a sore thumb (because you’re both blonde) part, and the learning a language for no true reason except fun part. Anyways, she is inspiring and so are you. I hope your current travels are as fun, educational, and liberating for you. Miss you! xoxo

susanwall said...

Hello My Darling -
Thanks a ton for letting me know about the blog site, my e-mail was messing with your pictures!! This is much mo better!! Glad to hear you are feeling better, nothing worse than jet lag and Aunt Flo, nasty little combo. Just want to say HI, I love you more than chocolate, your pics are beautiful and so are you!!! oxoxo sue