today is just glorious. the bright sun, low temperature and cool breeze running through our little place make for a morning that begs for cup after cup of piping hot coffee, reflection and travel plans. I’m feeling rather grateful, as I should be.
this week was rich in so many ways. the ESL class I, along with three other women, am teaching started and it’s wonderful. our students are enthusiastic and dedicated and we’ve all admitted to being inspired to work harder to create lessons that are applicable to the challenges they face as English language learners. the language barrier is tough but we’re managing. I’ve used more spanish in the past 2 days than I did through 8 years of spanish class in school, I’m fairly certain.
and speaking of which, SPAIN! soon! this article made its rounds a couple years ago regarding the joy of planning competing with that of actually engaging in the activities that you’ve planned and you know what, I agree. that’s why I’m not so much a spontaneous traveler; each piece-booking the flight, securing places to stay and figuring out the itinerary- adds to the excitement and anticipation.
so far this trip has been a bit trickier than others. spain is filled with so many places to see and flying into madrid gives you access to any one of them without getting on another flight so the options are endless. I think we’ve settled on an itinerary but of course I might change my mind. perhaps why I’m procrastinating buying the train tickets since once that’s done, it’s official. anyway…
Day 1: Arrive in Madrid early AM
Day 2:Madrid/Day trip to Segovia
Day 3: AVE train to Seville
Day 4: Seville/ Possible half-day trip
Day 5: Train to Granada
Day 6: Granada
Day 7: Day trip to Sierra Nevada Mountains or Other
Day 8: Back to Madrid
Day 9: Home!
lodging has been a bit difficult this time around as instead of being the off-season like it is in the rest of europe, these cities bulge since the heat is now tolerable. so rates are a bit higher than usual requiring a little bit of creativity. chances are we will use AirBnB for a couple of the cities and we have hotel points coming our way that we may be able to use (more on that later for those who are curious).
a lot of positive happenings around here. all this and it’s my birthday next saturday! in the way of gifts I’ve wished for bubbly and flowers from the Lancaster stand in Rittenhouse square. oh and treats from a bakery nearby of course! I have a lot to say about heading into 27, mostly because this is the golden age that my younger self craved to be and when presented with the question if you could be one age for the rest of your life, what would it be? this was it. did anyone else play that little game?
some interesting pieces from the week