International people on a roadtrip (from Spain, Poland, Italy, Canada and Austria). We went to a city called Cartagena, it's on the coast, south from Alicante and in the region of Murcia. It's a city rich with history. We visited the harbour, the roman theatre, one of the 5!!! castles in the city, and walked around the city center. After Cartagena we drove to a region called "la manga" which means "the sleeve". It's like this small, long region where there is the sea on both sides of the land. You can only access it from the south, which is funny.
Now it would be great if I knew the names of the plates we ate, but well the best ideas usually come to late. So I have no knowledge of what kind of typical spanish food we had, but it was however equally good. We went out with some spanish people that we met on our first night out in Alicante. We started with drinks and tapas (papatas bravas, of course, and nachos with guacamole- mexican; yes it lead to a discussion ;-) and we tried the so called "tinto de verano" which is red wine mixed with fruits I guess, very light and refreshing (the "summer" in the name makes sense). Then we continued with a spanish restaurant (I only have one picture of some plates, the idea of taking photos also came to me too late), long story short, you can eat spanish food, it's even enjoyable :-P
The topping of the evening should have been dancing to spanish music from the 80's in one of our favorite newly discovered clubs but there were too many people so we ended up in a bar called mono.
Oh yeah additional facts: 1. There are pictures/graffities/sculptures/different sorts of posters to find all over the center, which leave questions and huge room for interpretation.
2. One picture shows "Plaza de Monica" (I have no idea what it is really called, our friend Monica showed us the place, she named it after her// real name unknown). Alicante doesn't have many natural green spaces (I think none in fact) but there are little places and parks everywhere, with trees, palms, fountains, banks and playgrounds for children.
Got to see the Vienna Sinfonie Orchestra yesterday in the Alicante concerthall. By chance I found out that they were playing here. It was a great concert with the solo cellist Pablo Ferrandez from Madrid.
I sit there in my new found hideout slash perfect reading place, surrounded by nothing but nature and great views (as well as some buzzing and birds singing- IN WINTER) and I just enjoy being alive. I'm definitely going to devour all my books here.
You know how when you start reading a book and you sink into it and it's like a different world, an insight to other peoples thoughts and lives and you're escaping your own world for some time while you get to know a new one.
- "Certified book addict."
THIS PLACE IS SO FREAKING BEAUTIFUL I CAN'T STAND IT. FLOWERS|PLANTS|COLOURS|BALCONIES|MUSIC|SUN|BOARDGAMES|NICE PEOPLE|NATURE AND A GREAT VIEW. So in love with this cultural quarter of Alicante. When we went through here, the music the people listened to got stuck in my head, the sun warmed my face and the laughter and voices of the people were echoing in my head. It's like they live in their own little world up there.
El puerto de Alicante. About 3 minutes away from our flat, right by the center of Alicante lays this huge port. I spent the first days in the city discovering the boardwalk alongside of the port which leads straight to the beach called "el postiguet". Mostly I sat on the banks in front of the water on the promenade and read "Mulan" in spanish. (Tried reading, to be exact) When I am done with all the disney books, I will be a spanish pro😝🇪🇸
My workingplace. Escuela de Waldorf, Villafranqueza, España. Already in love with the buildings, the palms, the nature, the gardens, the children. It's superwarm out there and looks kind of deserted. The first time I saw the room inside of the kindergarten, it was like a flashback into my own kindergartentime. Everything looks so similar. The teacher is totally nice and it's going to be great to get a new perspective on the waldorfpedagogy, not as a child but as a "grown up".
Memmingen Airport, 13th of january, 18:55
Just said good bye to my family and friend at the airport. Strange new feeling, totally alone on my way to a new country. Torn between anticipation and fear. Looking forward to making this new experience.