You ONLY Work 12 Hours a Week?

Yep.  It’s true, I literally work 12 hours a week a school…over FOUR days!!!!  So what does that mean for me? SO MANY THINGS:

-Watching all 10 seasons of Friends…and now Big Bang Theory.

-Giving English classes to some amazing kids.

-Organizing all of my photos on my computer into “events.”

-2 hour walks around my pueblo just because I have the time.

-Intensely reading Game of Thrones.

-“Taking,” I mean, drinking a lot of coffees at the local cafe Candy.

-Eating endless tostadas (toast with tomato sauce and olive oil) at said cafe mentioned above…

But most importantly, I get to take many AMAZING day trips.  This past week I traveled to the Southern region of Malaga to visit some friends from my program.  We visited the cities of El Chorro and Marbella.

First stop:  El Chorro

The city of El Chorro.  Yep, that's it folks.  A giant mountain.

The city of El Chorro. Yep, that’s it folks. A giant mountain.

A house literally built into a mountain!  QUE GUAY!

A house literally built into a mountain! QUE GUAY!

Hiking in sandals.

Hiking in sandals.

This is as high as I got.  We seriously weren't dressed for the activity.

This is as high as I got. We seriously weren’t dressed for the activity.

The refugo is the little bridge we had intentions of crossing.  But alas we would have actually had to do some real hiking so here it is! jajajajaja

The “refugio” is the little bridge we had the intention of crossing. But alas we would have actually had to do some real hiking so here it is! jajajajaja

So instead we went to get lunch and soaked up the sun for the rest of the afternoon.

So instead we went to get lunch and soaked up the sun for the rest of the afternoon.

And look what we found from the amazing view of the restaurant:  The Refugio!

And look what we found from the amazing view of the restaurant: The Refugio!  Hint:  It’s that small little bridge in between the two mountains.

Our reactions.  We were THAT close.  Nahhhh it would have never happened.

Our reactions. We were THAT close. Nahhhh it would have never happened after the feast we enjoyed.

Second stop:  Marbella.  Mother and Father, this is your new retirement city.

This elephant was really the only reason I came.

This elephant was really the only reason I came.

Of course there were jumping pics.

Of course there were jumping pics.

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Some were more successful than others.

Some were more successful than others.

The best part of Spanish culture:  Never having TO BE somewhere...you go with the flow of life.

The best part of Spanish culture: Never having TO BE somewhere…you go with the flow of life.

The ladies.

The ladies.

Bros 4 lyfe

Bros 4 lyfe

This person was wanted by the cafe we pit stopped at...be on the look out.

This person was wanted by the cafe we pit stopped at…be on the look out.

And finally I ended the weekend with a St. Patty’s Day celebration…with the only other two Americans I know.  To say that this wonderful holiday isn’t very popular is an understatement.  We three Americans were the only ones truly dedicated to St. Patty’s day in downtown Malaga.

ok so he was the only other bloke we saw celebrating...at 4 PM.

ok so he was the only other bloke we saw celebrating…at 4 PM.

Mike and I

Mike and I

Lovely Leprechauns:  Clarisse and I

Lovely Leprechauns: Clarisse and I

I have come to realize that these people that I spend my weekends with have become some of my closest friends.  I don’t know what I would have done with out them.  I have traveled the world with them, I have made some great memories, and many of them have pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone.  They have helped shape my experience here and I couldn’t ask for a better group of friends!  As June approaches I realize that I want to spend as much time as possible with these people!

DSC05496“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

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