Monday, January 9, 2017

Málaga: Getting settled.



¡Buenas días desde Málaga! We arrived in Malaga a few days ago and are finally more or less settled in with our host family. Our flat is amazing. Our room has a little sun room area with an ocean view and we are directly across the street from the beach. We are within walking distance from the main town center where there is plenty of shopping to keep us occupied and about a 20 minute commute by bus to school. Honestly we couldn't have a more perfect location.

Our host family is very welcoming and we really like them! Already I can tell my Spanish is improving because whenever we speak with our host family we have to speak in Spanish. I have made a point to ask a lot of questions if I don't know the word for something or if I don't understand something too which is helping a lot. Our Señora is Pilar (Pili) and our Señor is Pepe and they have really just been so awesome. We also have a little pet turtle named Seal that roams the house, it doesn't have a cage so we have to be careful not to step on it.

Our first night Pepe took us on a little walking tour of Málaga and then yesterday they let us sleep in and then I went to church (which was very cool in Spanish) and then my roommate Bryce and I went shopping for a little bit before lunch. In the evening we had a walking tour of Málaga with our program group from ISA (International Studies Abroad). We saw a lot of the same things as the night before but it was nice to see them again and here things explained from a different perspective.

Málaga is I believe the 4th oldest city in Europe so it has lots of history to tell and I am very excited to have these next few months to explore. I only have classes in the morning Monday-Thursday so I will have plenty of time to explore the city and travel around Europe.

The view from our room. 
Bryce and I on our first night in Málaga. 
The Cathedral (La Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica de la Encarnación)
The Cathedral from the other side. 
The Cathedral only has one tower and this is it. The other tower was never completed so it is only halfway done. 
Picasso was from Málaga and this is a museum featuring his paintings that he kept in his house. 
Plaza de la Merced. Picasso liked this park and there is a statue dedicated to him. 
La Alcazaba, the old muslim castle, is in the distance and directly in front are the ruins of an old Roman theatre. 
Seal our turtle. 
Walked and took the long way home from school today instead of taking the bus. I can walk along the water and the beach the whole time. 

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