“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Adrenaline Rush

** I apologize if my English is a little off. We hear/speak very little of it here and lately we have all had  a difficult time composing sentences!

Today was a fantastic day. Absolutely fantastic. We slept in until 11 and took our time getting ready for the beach and I had the best breakfast - toasted bread with Nutella!

We went to the beach closest to our school - its the only main beach on the old part of Cadiz. The beach was full of people. Sundays here are family days. Most stores are closed and only a few restaurants and bars stay open. Everyone loves to just get out of their homes and spend time with friends and family.

Me at the beach!
The beach was great. I got some more sea glass today - a lot of very pretty green pieces. There were lots of guapos (handsome men) that we had our eyes on for Theresa (she is the only one of us without a boyfriend and she is here for an entire year!) We spent a lot of time in the water. At first it feels a bit cold, but eventually you get used to it and it becomes like bath water. Theresa was the only brave one - she swam all the way out to the buoy, which by the way, is further out than any of the buoys in Rhode Island. I would also like to note that it is quite common here for women to go to the beach topless, and we saw many women doing just that today.

After a few hours, we decided to take a walk out to El Castillo de San Sebastian - which is basically a fort and was built in 1598. We took our time walking out to the fort, admiring the little beaches on either side. Close to the fort itself there are some little fissures that squirt water out when the time comes in. The fort was closed as it is only used for special events, but I was able to stick my hand through the gate and snap a few pictures.

El Castillo de San Sebastian

The highlight of the day - no, the highlight of the trip so far - was jumping off the side of the fort. On our walk up we noticed some of the local girls jumping off the side. The water is very deep and there are rocks close by that you can swim too. Theresa was the only brave one at first, neither Natalie nor I wanted to jump. But after a few minutes, we had stripped down to our bathing suits and decided to do it. It was the most exhilarating thing I have ever done in my life. I loved it so much, I jumped twice.

Oh, and you probably won't believe me, but I actually have a tan. Not a burn, but a tan.

Well, I can't finish this post because my computer battery is dying! I will finish it tomorrow and add more pictures and a video of me jumping!

Besos y un abrazo!


  1. Hi Alicia, I enjoyed reading your blogs. Your mom walked me through the process. The pictures are beautiful. We miss you!!!!!!

    Love Gee-Gee

  2. YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! Gee-Gee I am glad you were able to figure it out with MB. Now we just have to help you figure out skype!!! It was nice to see you yesterday, hope to see you again next weekend.

  3. Alicia, What a blast!!!!! You sound soooooooo happy!!!!! You go girl!!!! Love MOM