Thank you so much for all the words of encouragement, texts, comments and emails that I’ve received here in Alicante. It really is so fun to keep relationships going strong even while I’m on the other side of the world and sometimes feel a bit cut off from social interaction with everyone at home. This past week was a busy week as Josh and I visited Granada, Spain (a post about Granada coming later this week…I promise!) last weekend which totally stole our hearts. The city’s history was so fascinating to learn about and I ate waaaay too many tapas!
I was chatting with my good friend Bri (by the way, check out her adorable blog, The Wanderlust Ginger) this morning and we were shocked how we have been here in Alicante for three weeks already! How is that even possible? I can’t believe how fast the time is flying by. The other day, Josh and I spent the evening all cozied up with café con leche in my favorite coffee shop here and started planning our spring break adventures. With the University of Alicante getting an almost three week vacation from school, I’m all over using that time to really get some countries checked off of my bucket list!
Since the very beginning of our spring break starts right before Easter, it is Semana Santa (Holy Week), which is a huge deal here in Spain. So, some friends and I are packing up and heading to Sevilla, Spain to experience it for ourselves. We’ll spend a few days there before Josh and I pack up and head to Brussels, Belgium. After Belgium, it’s still up for discussion but we are most likely headed to Copenhagen, Denmark for a few days, then, from there headed to Dublin, Ireland for the rest of break. One of my favorite things to date about living in Europe is the fact that I can so easily look at Google Flights, find the cheapest flights possible and ask myself, “What country do I want to go to this weekend?” There are a lot of perks to living here but that is a pretty hard to beat perk.
Speaking of perks of living here, I want to share some of my favorite little tidbits of information about living here so far that make me incredibly happy.
1. Panaderías. Enough said. These bakeries are on seemingly ever corner and carry some of the most delicious croissants, cakes, and tarts that you could ever imagine. These cute little places are the biggest blessing and curse rolled into one. With free wifi, endless possibilities of new pastries to try, and cute interiors, these places just get me every time. It’s honestly a struggle getting off the tram and walking home without being tempted to stop by and grab something from one. I simultaneously want to live in a panadería forever and never go there again. I’m looking at you, you little chocolate croissant that costs only .25 euros ~ you are the prime culprit here.
2. A great public transport system. I live one block away from both the city’s main train station and the main tram station, which is a wonderful perk in my opinion. Yesterday I was able to head to a little city about 45 minutes away from Alicante for the day. It boasted a beautiful beach and a fun market lining the road by the beach. Mostly though, I was thankful for the relaxation that came with yesterday, because we were able to lay on the beach with the sun brightly shining above us and the waves beating in front of us, and that truly feels so serene. Also, I use the tram each morning to get to the University, which is about a 30 minute ride. Sometimes it feels like a drag, but most mornings it is a welcome ride, as I spend it either finishing up some homework (oops, this happens more often than I’d like hehe), listening to music, reading a good book, or talking to Josh. It’s a nice way to start the morning very peacefully.
3. Fashion, fashion, fashion. Well duh, this would be on my list of perks of living here. But seriously. Of course, having a fashion blog and majoring in Textile and Apparel Management, I’m clearly a prime candidate to go crazy with all the fashion here. But honestly half the time I feel like I’m absolutely no match for the European fashion here. With high heels, lots of black clothing, and full faces of makeup every morning for school, the Spaniards honestly bring their A-game when it comes to fashion. While I’m sure this is something I’ll find out to be similar as I travel throughout Europe, it definitely makes me realize actually how lousy everyone at a U.S. college campus dresses most of the time. That’s one lesson I hope to learn here, is to ditch the messy bun and learn how to look a little more professional going to class. It’s definitely not necessary in Missouri, but the days that I do dress up and look nice, it’s quite a confidence booster. Thank goodness I live right down the street from ZARA. It’s been a lifesaver.
4. The weather. This is probably the most obvious thing on my list, but living in the Costa Blanca region of Spain is really a fabulous thing. Alicante is the capital of the Costa Blanca and it is such a difference from living in the Midwest to all of a sudden having the ability to walk to Playa San Juan in under fifteen minutes. Later today, we’re going to play some volleyball down by the water, which is a great way to spend the afternoons after classes or slow Sunday afternoons and evenings.
5. Sundays. Sundays have seriously always been my favorite day of the week for as long as I can remember but in Spain, I am loving Sundays even more. Most stores and even a lot of restaurants are closed on Sundays, so it is really viewed as a day of rest and relaxation for everyone in Alicante. The streets are honestly eerily bare most of the day which is a stark contrast to the city’s constant hustle and bustle the other six days of the week. My host family doesn’t even usually leave the house for anything on Sundays. To them, Sundays look like movie marathons on the couch in their pajamas. How great is that? On any given Sunday, you can find me probably either hanging out with my family or tucked in some small coffee shop reading a book. Whatever I’m doing, I’m definitely embracing the relaxation aspect.
Those are just five of many incredible aspects of my time here in Alicante that really stick out to me. Thank you again for keeping up with my adventures and for sending notes or texts my way just to say hello! Have a wonderful Sunday + a next coming week!