Anna Abroad - April
Down By the River
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Last week my small group wanted to do something outside to enjoy the beautiful weather instead of always meeting at a café to talk. So for a change of pace we rented a paddle boat for an hour our on the river and enjoyed the beautiful views! The name of the little rental company is pretty clever - the river is the Guadalquivir and the shop is called "Pedalquivir." It was about 85 degrees and perfectly sunny. I couldn't help but think back to my paddle boat days in Birchwood on Little Birch Lake - a little shoutout to all the VanDrunen cousins for that one. There were two seats in the front with pedals and two seats in the back just for riding along. And I had to laugh because I just KNOW that each person who took a turn pedaling was secretly thinking that the other pedaler next to them was NOT pulling their weight in the foot-power effort.
My small group consists of Ashley, Angie, Sarah, and Hannah (who couldn't make it to the paddling excursion). It is great to meet with them and talk about prayer requests and other stuff every Wednesday. Ashley helped me narrate the video. Most of our group meetings are spent laughing half the time.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Following the instructions of a children's song is harder than it sounds. The school paid for us to row the boats along the tiny river-thing in front of the Plaza de España, my favorite place here in Seville. We spent most of the time laughing due to our lack of rowboat. In spite of minor difficulties with rowing technique, it was SO cool.
Later that night I went with some friends to a tetería (basically a coffee shop, except with all tea) to talk and hang out. On Saturday morning, I went to a flea market with five other friends. I'll have you know that America does not have a monopoly on tackiness.
On Saturday night, I went with Nicole and Bre to see a free Flamenca show (intense!). I rediscovered my hatred for "shushers," as this flamenca place is notorious for shushing the whole crowd before they start playing. This was a fun weekend to take a break from the travel frenzy and just enjoy Seville again!