Hola mis tetes,
The second year of the Spain program was a great way to remember the summer of 2017. We started with 21 students ready to take on the next 3 weeks of Spanish, culture and Valencian humidity.
Service is always an integral part of GLA. In Valencia, Jarit’s summer school brought us stand put students like Sergio, Violeta, Toni, and Omar. Everyone got along with them no matter the language barrier. There were some interesting activities, like when everyone had to roll over each other (big kids included) or when we all got wet multiple times during the week with our epic water fights. Service ended with a lot of tears, a lot of laughs, and unforgettable memories.
Aside from service, our weeks could not have been any more packed with activities. The flamenco class was a memorable one. It was obvious some of us were in our element, but we persevered, nonetheless. (No, but how does the music make you FEEL?!) We also rafted in Montanejos, which seemed to take place on one of the coldest days in Valencia. Everything Valencia had to offer was incredible: the boat ride, tower climb, Plaza Reina, and gelato.
Who could forget the food? The coffee and bread in the morning, the salad and bread in the afternoon and dinner that sometime consisted of our favorite food: paella. When we were really hungry we would also adventure out and get some snacks and stop at a cafe to drink a nice coffee or eat even more food.
Although it seems like the trip flew by, there was so much that we accomplished in that time. Kudos to everyone for having stepped outside of their comfort zone in our collective effort to learn about our communities and ourselves.
I’ll leave you with a few memorable memories:
- Hamptons, sip water, Hamptons, sip water.
- Air dropping on the bus
- Dapping like its our job
- A certain someone keeping their room key a bit too close to their heart
- Megan and Chris’ epic farewell
Un fuerte abrazo,