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AFTER EVERYTHING. TOMORROW´S THE BIG DAY! I´LL BE IN BOSTON BY 6:30PM EST!!!!

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Of course, I can’t forget about Brussels- the spot that changed it all! 

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Here are some photos from the old town of Brugge. It was great just to walk around there and explore all the ins and outs of this historic city. 

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GUILTY- the round of beers from Delirium Café that sealed the deal for my extended stay in Belgium. 

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So I explained earlier in this blog how the Spanish are always making “puentes” in order to extend a holiday weekend. Now that I work in a private academy as well, I seldom ever get the privilege of having a full puente. Until I made one for myself, that is. Leuven was great…but the story doesn’t end there. In fact, Leuven, and Belgium was so great, I decided to stay…

So originally I had planned to go see Kev on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 23-25, then, that sunday, catch a train, to a plane, to a cab, to a bus back to Albacete in order to arrive for classes on Monday morning. Well, that was all well and good, and, with ample time for my flight, Kevin and I arrived in Brussels in order to do a little bit of sight seeing before I left. Well, when I got to Brussels and started walking around, I realized that I actually loved it, and, as is typical, started entertaining a few thoughts; “What’s the worse that could happen if I accidentally missed my flight?”. Well, thoughts turned into more thoughts, thoughts and then thoughts turned into actions, and before I knew it, I was sitting at the Delirium bar in Belgium with Kevin on my third round of Beglium Beer at 5:15pm…my flight had left at 5:00pm. The rest followed, and it was as easy as e-mailing my students to let them know I couldn’t make it to class on Monday for personal reasons. It felt great and liberating to do something for myself. It was the first time I’d cancelled class in 4 months and most of my students were pretty pumped about the day off. 

That one, brilliant decision led to two more days of Belgian Bliss up in Leuven. The following day, as Kevin was in class for the afternoon, I bought a roundtrip ticket to Brugge, a medieval city about 2 hours away that is absolutely steeped in history. It’s chock full of old Belgium architecture, and canals weave their way through the city. 

Above are some photos of the “mishap”/adventure that became my long weekend escape to Belgium. 

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Where to begin?! A lot has gone down in the past few weeks, as I look forward to living it up before I head home on December 14th!! To begin with, Thanksgiving weekend I paid a visit to my cousin Kevin up in Belgium. It was one of the best trips I have been on in a while, and it came at just the right time. Kev and I met at the train station in Brussels and headed back to the city of Leuven where he is living and studying for the year. Leuven is a great little city. It’s historic but also bustling with night life and full of college students and young people. It was there that I had my first Belgium Waffle with Kev. Belgium is, of course, also known for it’s beer, and I was lucky enough to try some incredible tasting brews there! Here are a few pictures of Leuven. 

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Today I am Thankful in a way like no other for my incredible family and friends. It’s more than true that distance makes the heart grow fonder. Can’t wait to see you in a few short weeks! Love you guys!

Now; to get ready today to head to Belgium tomorrow to see my cousin Kevin this Thanksgiving weekend! 

Happy Thanksgiving Giving :)

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A few weekends ago, my friend María and I went Castle hunting in Castilla-La Mancha. After getting a little lost on the Autopista 31, we soon found out we were headed in the opposite direction than that which we had planned; toward Valencia and Alicante! Regardless, we pulled over at a rest station and asked how far it was back to the other location, and whether or not there were any sites or castles we could see nearby instead. It turns out that were in La Almansa, another province of Castilla-La Mancha. There, we ended up finding this little gem of a castle situated high-up on a bluff overlooking the town, carved right into the natural rock of the hillside. Might have been quite a comfortable little castle to live in! Anyways we spent the afternoon checking it out, then went for a walk in the town. Here are some pics.

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Woah! I have not posted anything in this blog in over a week! Talk about neglect…here is a picture of me today hanging with my friend Elíf after classes. Drinks are entirely acceptable at noon here in Spain! (Love it). So here I am kicking back for “almuerzo”. Every Monday and Thursday Elíf and I will try a different place, or a different “tapa” in Albacete and post about it. Today was Mahou beer with with fried cheese and a sweet tomato marmalade on toasted bread as well as a side of “jamón serrano” (which is similar to proscuitto) and tomato. Not bad for a Monday. Happy “Monday Funday” everyone!

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Okay okay so I didn’t get to travel this past weekend (womp womp). Lame I know! It turns out I didn’t actually have a “puente” because although my students were off I had to work on Friday so my plans to go to Barcelona were foiled. But, I still did get to do some cool stuff here such as go to Abycine, Albacete’s international film festival and go to my American coworkers house for lunch on Sunday (okay it’s not Portugal or Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia cathedral) but it was cool! Here’s a picture of me enjoying some complimentary wine at Abycine. I’ll go somewhere cool soon, I promise! :)