It's been a busy week of class but we managed to find some time for fun! This was the last week of the theater festival so we made an effort to catch a few shows. Thursday night we saw a free show at the patio of the Baluarte Candelaria. The Baluarte was constructed in 1672 by the governor to protect the natural entrance to Cadiz. The cannons used to protect the city were located there. It was restored and is now used as a "Sala de Exposiciones."
|Patio of the Baluarte|
I enjoyed every minute of the performance. Its great that we have mastered the language to a point where we can laugh along with the rest of the audience. Tonight was the last night of the festival and it is tradition that on the last night there is a large, free performance. We joined everyone from Cadiz in the Plaza Catedral to watch the final show. OH MY GOODNESS. I have NEVER in my life seen anything so amazing!!!!!!! The show was put on by Xarxa Teatre - a group from Spain - and was titled "Proserpina." The artists used these amazing structures as costumes to narrate the Greek myth of Persephone.
|Notice the people inside the structures. They used metal poles to manipulate the arms and head|
Aside from seeing some amazing theatrical productions, I also did some volunteer work this weekend. On Friday Teresa and I participated in another volunteer project sponsored by the University of Cadiz. We were joined by some locals and some other students from the Sevilla program. The project was held at Salinas La Esperanza - one of the many salt marshes here in Cadiz. Over the years, the salt marshes have been neglected and as a result, the precious salt cannot be harvested and a number of bird species are becoming extinct. There is a local man named Joaquin, who, along with his sons, commits every day he can to maintaining the integrity of the salt marshes. It was an honor to be able to work with such amazing people on such an incredible project.
|The Salinas in the morning. Beautiful|
Over the course of the day we worked on several small projects.
We repaired a dock, built wooden shelters for bird nests, and hauled stones to create a filter for the marsh water.
|Shoveling rocks into a wheelbarrow. It took many trips to fill the marsh with enough to make the filter!|
|Teresa admiring the wooden shelter she made to protect the bird nests.|
|Working hard on repairing the dock!|
One of the best parts of the day was the bird watching. We used telescopes to see the many bird species that are unique to this region. Thanks to Teresa and her parents, I now know exactly what species we saw. We saw: Spoonbills, Black Storks (incredibly beautiful), and Ruddy Turnstones, and a few others.
|Here I am raking the salt - with the help of Joaquin's son|
|Flor de sal|
|The new friend I made!|
|The fish cooking on the open fire|
|My delicious lunch!|
Well that is all for now! I've had a busy day today and I cannot wait to get some sleep!