Another one bites the dust

Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
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Friday, September 29, 2006

On Thursday Alicia took a group of us girls up to see the Peņa de Francia again....this time I went in to the monastery, where you can see one of only 2 black virgins in Spain (I think!). AS we were driving up the peak was socked in with clouds, and we thought we wouldn't be able to see anything. By the time we made our way up the winding road to the top, it had cleared off quite nicely, and had a great view. Again we only had a few minutes to look around, but definitely worth it.

By the time we made it back it was lunch, but Alicia and I decided to bunk off and have an extra long siesta due to too many late nights. She had gone in to town earlier and got ham and cheese and some decent wine (the common complaint of the week was the wine the hotel was serving was shit), and we had our own little picnic before sleeping the rest of the afternoon away! Fantastic.

During the evening O2O Manuel took a few of us to a nearby town called San Martin.It's gorgeous! While La Alberca is very pretty, it is also quite touristy with lots of souvenir shops etc. San Martin is not touristy at all, just a regular little village in the area. It has an old bull ring bordered by castle ruins, and a quaint little bakery where we bought tasty little cookies. Manuel is from Salamanca (the province we are in) and so he knows a lot about the area and makes a fantastic tour guide! Thanks Manuel!

For dinner we all went in to town to have a medieval dinner...as per the rest of the week it was me sitting with 8 Spanish! Obviously I drank too much wine at dinner though, because I actually got up to sing afterward with Katherine while she played guitar, to a song I barely know! The crazy things it turns out you will do in life. I have never even sang karaoke in my life, so what posessed me I have no idea! After was the awards ceremony, for things like best actors, most improved speaker, most entertaining person, etc. And so I came home with an award. Guess what for? (this really makes me laugh!). Most Entertaining Anglo. Ha ha ha! On previous programs I have done, this usually goes to and English speaker who is loud, funny, tells lots of jokes, center of attention...you will of course note that this is not describing me! However, staying up till 3 or 4 am every night with 7-8 Spaniards does apparently endear you to them ;)

And so at last we come to Friday, and another round of goodbyes! Whenever people find out I have done 4 programs, they always ask which is the best, and how they compare. And I always answer they are all different, which is totally true. It depends on the facility, and the group dynamics. I would have to say that this group was a ton of fun though, the fact that only one night did I make it to bed anytime before 3am speaks for itself! Besides some drama through the week (people speaking Spanish at the beginning, sex videos, people hooking up or not hooking up, a few accusations...all good stories by the way!) I had a fantastic time, and met some amazing people! I laughed a lot, learned a lot, danced a lot, and had a few drinks along the way ;) I met some amazing friends, who have been kind, generous, and fun to be with. Thanks to you all, and hopefully I will be back soon for a reunion...
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