Happy Spring everyone! Do you feel it in the air? The weather here is so beautiful, and the flowers are blooming and today I even ate lunch on the beach!
I have recently arrived back from a really fun and relaxing spring "holiday". My first week of break I went to Palm Beach, Florida with my Mother. We had so much fun together and had alot of catching up to do. She kept me up to date on the latest details of life in Connecticut (my niece Gracie, my dog Tucker, her tennis and the latest MTV TV shows, yes my Mother watches MTV). I kept her up to date on my life (trips to Madrid and London, new friends, good books I've been reading, etc) We had so much fun together and it was great to just lie in bed and watch TV. Especially "The Office" which I believe is one of the funniest shows since "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Seinfeld", but I realize that is a bold statement and I hope I am not offending anyone.
Anyways, the majority of kids studying abroad did alot more adventurous traveling than I did, but my parents and I decided to be on the "conservative" side of things and really let me relax for a week. Don't get me wrong, I am now an avid traveler, but my immune system is still so low from my mono from this winter (I catch a cold when a feel a rain drop) so this was the perfect chance for me to travel on the safe side of things.
The following week I met up with Courtney and together we went to Tenerife. Tenerife is a Spanish Island on the coast of Africa with lots of volcanoes, gorgeous beaches, and the most amazing sauce I've ever tasted in my life. That's right, sauce. It's called "mojo sauce" and Courtney and I had it on this grouper dish we ate one night and Court was so intrigued she bought a cook book with a recipe for the sauce the next day. Mojo sauce has a lot of garlic in it, some olive oil I believe, with avocado (okay it's really hard to describe, and you would definitely not want to wear it as a perfume unless fending off vampires, but believe me it is DELISH).
Our daily routine in Tenerife was, well go to the beach. I did some reading and a lot of people watching. It was great to try and guess what language our fellow beach pals were speaking and seeing all of the different cultures that traveled to this exotic locale! It was honestly one of the best trips I've ever taken in my life, really low key, perfect weather and Courtney and I have never laughed so hard in our lives. In our hotel they had one of those "claw" arcade games where you reach with the scary metal claw into the sea of stuffed animals. It basically consumed my life after 7 pm, and I am glad to say I am now the proud winner of a Fred Flintstone stuffed animal wearing a sombrero-esque hat. I have properly re-named him Frederico Flintstone, since he comes from the Spanish Island.
This past Easter Sunday (I got back to St Andrews on Saturday), all of the Holy Cross kids went to Easter mass and then prepared a massive Easter brunch. The boys made eggs and fruit salad, and the girls made pancakes. I brought some muffins I bought at Tesco. It was so fun, we literally had a two hour brunch, chatting about our travels and Holy Cross next year. Lots of the other kids had great stories from all over Italy, Prague, Austria, and England!
Ah, I have a very scary and intimidating paper looming over my shoulders due this Friday in my Meta-Ethics class on G.E. Moore and the idea of "The Good". After I get this done though I will only have reading and presentations until the exam period which is exciting! We just found out our exam schedules and I have two of the first exam times May the 12th and May the 14th which means I'll be flying home to New York on the 15th or the 16th. I can't believe I am already planning my return flight home!
This summer is going to be a blast. I'll be living in Manhattan again, interning for a shoe and clothing company "Hollywould". I am very excited for New York, to see my family, friends and dog, but can't believe I'll be leaving Scotland. Today, while walking to the beach to eat lunch (not something you can do in Worcester), I passed a man dressed in a kilt on his bike delivering newspapers, and I thought to myself "How will I ever get used to not seeing these types of sights every day?". I feel like I have finally gotten comfortable and adjusted to life here, and the thought of leaving this is so bitter sweet. Okay, must get back to this paper.
EXCITING NEWS I will be in Palma de Mallorca next weekend (the 21st) visiting Holy Cross buddies, can't wait!
I'm attaching a picture of Courtney and me in Tenerife as well as the beach (you can see some volcanic mountains in the distance if you look in the distance).