Picture it readers: February in Spain. The weather is developing into a truly buxom spring, and Cat and I are ready to break free of our scholarly shackles and feel the grit of the open road in our mouths again. Crunch, crunch.
It was a beautiful Friday morning, and we were up early rushing to pack for a weekend in Alicante to visit my college Spanish professor and our dear friend, Maya. (This was definitely a tossed salad trip because when we arrived I had only remembered to put on one earing, and Amy left her toothbrush.) Now, to frame our level of excitement: Maya is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, and one of the reasons I pursued moving to Spain after undergrad. We love her with the intensity of a thousand suns, and we hadn’t seen her in person in three years. Excitement level 12 million.
We arrive in Alicante and it’s as if no time has passed. We laugh like we did at school, mostly over my reluctance to take photos and hesitance to stand close to any precipices; and, enjoy being led through Alicante by our truly lovely and funny friend. It’s nice to have a native show you around. But this weekend, as beautiful as the city was, was truly special because we were able to spend time with someone who’d influenced our lives in such a strongly positive way. Relationships, no matter where we are, make life truly worth living. And putting in the effort to maintain friendships, especially those separated by long distance, is always worth your time.
Amy and I wanted to say thank you to our wonderful “Ma Lou” and share these spectacular photos of Alicante. We hope you get a chance to visit, too!
Thanks for traveling with us! Amy’s post on her trip to Japan is up next.
K & A
Phrase of the Day: “Help, I’ve lost my harmonica!” | “¡Ayuda, yo he perdido mi harmónica!
Song of the Day: Gitana | Shakira