Tuesday, October 2, 2012


kens and i found some cool things. not only do we have matching sparkly sweaters now (thanks zara), but she convinced me to get these green men's shorts for all of 1.50.
talk about a successful day.

Monday, October 1, 2012




Wednesday, September 26, 2012

let's start at the very beginning

~on our way to school~
i pass buildings that date back to the 17th century on our walk to school each day. goodness, life is good. 

~when followed by a creeper, act fast~
chloe and i picked up quite the creeper. we weaved our way through the calle mayor, dodging strollers, trashcans, and doggie doodoo (thanks alcalá dogs for that) in attempts to escape out of creeper's sight. we turn back to see him following us, only about ten feet behind us! really creeper? you've never seen a blonde before? settle down.
we took this picture and chatted in the plaza. after 20 minutes of detours (no exaggeration), mr. creeps finally lurked his way out of the crowd.

i like to take pictures.

~casa de miguel cervantes~
alcalá claims that cervantes was born there - along with the seven other spanish cities that say so - and have re-created his house!

~i'm in love with lanterns~
i discovered this beauty in la casa de miguel cervantes and i had to get a picture, so i could recreate it for my own house someday

~museo arqueológico regional~

~just a card tournament in the calle mayor~

thanks señor :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

a happy list

~a happy list~

strawberry ice cream
spanish sunsets
spicy indian food
sunshine on my skin
sour patch kids
sand between my toes
snow-covered mountains
singing songs at any time of day
supreme gourmet pizza
soft sweaters
slobbery, furry faces


let the good times roll

~salsa at 8:00~
as kens and i walked back from a very full night, we passed a salsa dance class on the street. when we saw smiling people gesturing us to join them, how could we not?
with some hip spanish music and hot and steamy salsa moves, it was quite the fiesta. 
when partner time came around, mr. crazy hips's hand was falling a little too far down my back...so i smiled a quick "gracias" and kens and i skipped up the stairs to our apartment


~concierto de oreja de van gogh~
day two of spain adventure. see a famous band live.
life is oh so good.

something funny about spanish people at concerts: they're CALM.
everyone just stands there, sings along occasionally and enjoys the music.
no exaggerated dancing. no beer split on your favorite sweater. no excessive screaming.
weird, right?

i fell in love with oreja de van gogh. i wanted so badly to sing along with all of our concert peers, but i just had to sing "la la la" over and over again guessing which note the melody would take. 
and i also fell in love with how family-friendly this concert was. 
babies were e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.
you'd walk to the back of the crowd and have to dodge strollers and toddlers...at 1:00am!

~meet kensie~ 
big brown eyes. glowing pearly whites. perfectly sculpted legs. sweet. hardworking. talented-in-every-which-way. red. a runner. health nut. a potential best friend. my favorite roommate.

~meet kari~
luscious golden locks. thin 5'11 frame. model status. california babe. runner. equipo de barcelona fan. not afraid to say what she thinks. hilarious. witty. fun-loving. brave.

~meet julie~
thick light red hair. freckles. "lips of perfection". kentucky gal. practical. dedicated. daring, adventurous side that comes out of nowhere. 

they are super beautiful and super darling.

~all smiles in alcalá~

beautiful church door on the calle mayor

~ready for school~
every morning, we eat toast with cream cheese and tomatoes.
and drink a juice box of pineapple and grape juice.

but, it wasn't always that way. kens and i had to fight for a healthy(er) meal. 
day by day, we made our small requests; and day by day, the whole milk, the chocolate cereal, the nutella spread slowly disappeared.
for a while, we hid food under our bed.
wheat bread, bananas, cherry tomatoes...
hiding food was one thing, but covering said food in paper and tissues in the trash can was another.
so far, i don't think they've found out. success!