Haz el bien, y no mires a quién. -Spanish Proverb

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Feliz 2012!

Feliz 2012 a todos!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. I thoroughly enjoyed 17 work-free days (spoiled, I know) during which I rambled all around this fine country–literally from the northern-most extremes (home sweet home, the Basque Country), to mmmarvelous Madrid in the middle, and then 1,500 miles down to Spain’s southernmost properties, the Canary Islands. I took an outrageous amount of photos and videos, so I’m going to let those do the talking for this post.

For starters, I enjoyed 3 action-packed days of island adventures in Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands off the northwestern coast of Africa:

fantastic island colors

Did some whale-watching...another thing to check off the bucket list!

Soaked up some warm sun...they call them "the islands of eternal spring" for a reason!

feeling on top of the world at 12,200 ft: Spain's highest peak, Mount Teide

Here’s the short version of our very long trip up to the top of the very tall, aforementioned mountain:

And here is the rest of the island goodness I captured (winding roads, whales, sunsets on the beach) condensed into a few minutes for your enjoyment:

I got to experience New Year’s Eve in Puerta del Sol of Madrid: Spain’s version of NYC’s Times Square:

I put some miles on the new hiking shoes discovering some new places close to home, such as this sweet castle tucked away in a forest right here in Vizcaya, the province in which I live:

Butrón Castle

It was a fun-filled couple of weeks! I’m back to work now, but already thinking ahead to the next vacation…as one of my coworkers said today, it’s just “seis semanitas (six short weeks)” until our next big break: “Carnival“, for which we’ll have 10 days off at the end of February 😀

2012 is going to be another exciting year. One of my resolutions is to dedicate more time to my blog, and with that you will be seeing some exciting changes in the near future. One exciting change is that I will soon be incorporating a couple of my greatest passions (right up there with traveling, of course!) into meggrblog: specifically fitness and tech.

As always, thanks for reading!

¡Hasta pronto, chicos!



Madrid: Maravilloso!

We made it! I am writing to you from my hotel lobby, just down the street from Plaza Mayor. Can you believe it? I can’t! I have strict instructions from the program directors not to spend my time here cooped up at the hotel, so I’m going to have to keep this short.

Our journey to Spain was semi-disastrous. We missed our flight to London, got rebooked for a flight that was delayed, and when we arrived in Madrid, our luggage did not. We still don’t have it unfortunately. The day we flew into London, they got 16 inches of snow and grounded most flights, so the fact that we were even able to leave was miraculous. Most of the 50-some students in the program didn’t get here until almost a day later than scheduled  due to delayed and cancelled flights in London. Also, almost everyone’s luggage is lost. As if a huge group of Americans isn’t conspicuous enough, we are all gallivanting around one of Europe’s finest cities in the same clothes we wore on the plane. It’s quite a sight to see!

But hey…we’re in SPAIN! Things really aren’t that bad!

We spent our first full day here touring two amazing museums–Museo del Prado y Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. We saw the famous painting “Las Meninas” as well as a lot of Picasso’s work. I’ve never been very into art, but yesterday changed that. I think it’s a combination of two things: an appreciation for art that comes more naturally as you gain maturity, and the fact that our tour guide, Rosa, was BOMB. She loves her job, and explains the art with great enthusiasm. It was an awesome time.

Other than that I’ve just been exploring the city with the other students, practicing my Spanish, and sleeping odd hours. Tomorrow we venture to Toledo (hooray!), and Sunday to Getxo to move into our apartments!

I have taken a few pictures that really don’t do Madrid much justice, but I’ve posted them anyway. I will be taking more tomorrow after we return from Toledo, so look for those in a few days! Here’s the link:

Hasta pronto!