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sunny 20 °C

So this week, again, has been uneventful. Working all week mainly. Friday evening was the Generadores meeting, a group for the 18-30s in the church. That was really good. We met at Desmond and Caroline's house and were asked to lead the whole Sunday service one Sunday in May. So we spent most of the evening discussing that. People tried to get me to agree to sing an English song to the church, but yeah that ain't happening. I would deafen everyone haha.
Saturday I went to Merida with my Spanish family. Paula is an amazing swimming, one of the best in the whole of Extremadura, and she had a competition, so we all went along to watch. Miguel grew up in Merida, so he went to get his mum, then took me, Jorge and Miguelito round Merida. Merida was a major Roman city so has loads of ruins. There's an ampitheatre, theatre, temple, museum and other stuff. It was pretty cool to see. I've been to Merida before but hadn't got to look at the ampitheatre or museum. It was really interesting. Definitely recommend it. Paula won all the competitions she was in that day.
Sunday at church there was a Benefica for the youth. They had all cooked a big meal together for the whole church and arranged for some people in the church to entertain after the food in order to raise money so they could go on the big youth events in Extremadura. It was really good and we had yummy Columbian food. It was a fun day.

Now, all this week there has been a wasp at my window, and it keeps trying to get in. Then it flies away and comes back later with a friend. Then they fly away and come back later with another friend, and so on. I've had about 6 wasps everyday now stalking me through my window haha. I think I've found out why. Turns out there's a hole in my window frame that they manage to wriggle into, and I think they are making a nest. Bit creepy. :-S Evil stalkerish wasps haha.

I'm back in the UK this week for Easter! :D Can't wait. Though it means I miss out on the Badajoz chocolate festival! :(

God bless


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Big Fat Gypsy Church

sunny 25 °C

So I was invited to a Spanish Gypsy church a couple of Sundays and I loved it! It was really interesting. The men and women have to sit on other sides of the room, and they aren't really allowed to talk in the church to each other. The men can talk to other men, and women to other women, but not men to women. This is because women are thought to distract men. Women also have to be careful with what they wear. The people were really friendly too, and invited us to eat with them afterwards, as after every service they all go and eat together.
Last Sunday I went to the country with a different church that my friends, Holly, Abraham, Az and Abbey run, they are all English teachers too, and they invited me to their church for a bbq in the country. :) It was my third bbq this year, one a month so far. Def need to keep this up, one bbq every month hehe.
Not much else has really happened. Just working and seeing people and counting down till I'm back in the UK for Easter.
Though it was funny in class yesterday. I had a wobbly chair, and cos I'm a wally I kept wobblying it slightly when I sat on it. So needless to say it decided to collapse on me during a class. It was so funny. Apparently my face was hilarious. The whole class cracked up laughing. Luckily it didn't hurt my ribs any more. Grateful for that.
So yeah pretty average two weeks really. Looking forward so much to coming home to see family, friends, and a certain person. :)
I've been planning China with my sister, so really looking forward to that too. :D
About it really.
Hope everyone is good.
God bless

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sunny 25 °C

This week has been eventful to say the least. Started off like a normal week with work and chilling in the lovely sun. Then came Thursday...... I was invited to a friends house for lunch, so got on the bus for the 30 min ride, had a great lunch with friends and practised my Spanish, then went to get the bus to work. Went to get on the bus, and the driver decided to shut the doors on me! Literally on me, sooooooo painful! Went to work, took painkillers, then by the evening the pain was so bad I was taken to hospital. Turns out I have a cracked rib! Ouch! :( I'm ok apart from the constant pain.
Saturday was a pretty good day. Went to another friends house for lunch, then off to Caceres in the evening for the YWAM graduation. It was great to see my friends graduate from an awesome programme, loved it. And I may be doing the same next year......
Sunday I went to Olivenza with the family I live with. This weekend was the first Bull fighting weekend in the whole of Spain. Apparently it's very famous and lots of famous bull fighters come to fight with bulls. So I decided to go watch it. The family don't like it, so they wandered around Olivenze while I was in the Plaza de Torros. It was pretty interesting, and I did enjoy it. Though I hated it when they hurt and killed the bull. Seemed unnecessary to be honest. The rest of the time though it just looked like they were dancing with the bull, which was pretty cool. I was sat next to two old Spanish ladies, who explained to me what was happening and what to do at certain times, like wave a white hanky when the ear is cut off. And guess who was watching the bull fight?! The President of Spain!! He was sat opposite me so took some sneaky pictures hehe.
So pretty much a good week, though it has been tainted by pain. Hopefully the pain will go soon. :) Just got a relaxing week this week so that should help.
Oh yeah, the weather has been amazing!! Hehe
God Bless

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Life and Death in one day

sunny 30 °C

So this week has been pretty awesome, especially as it involved a 5 day weekend. :) In Badajoz it was Carnaval and the parade was pretty awesome. Like a smaller version of Mardi Gras. Absolutely loved it.... though it did take ages! We stayed for 3 hours and had only seen 14 groups, and there were 47 to see!! So needless to say we didnt see them all. Haha. The Carnaval goes over 5 days which means 5 days and nights of street parties. :) On the Monday, the family I'm living with took me to Sevilla for 2 days. Sevilla is beautiful! Loved it so much. In the evening we went to a tapas bar for food, but Tito decided he really wanted snails and the bar we went to didn't have them, so he refused to eat. So after us adults ate, we went to another tapas place which did have snails and the 3 kids demolished 2 big plates full of snails. Ewwwwww. You def have to go to Sevilla, so so beautiful.

So cos of the Carnaval, I only had 2 days of work this week. :) What a shame hehe. Julie did Desmond's classes as he and Caroline went on a much needed holiday.

On Friday, I got a text from Caroline saying that her and Desmond were being interviewed live on Christian tv. How cool is that? Loved it, it was really interesting and pretty cool to see my bosses and pastors live on Christian tv. I'm not sure if there is a video on the website as it was live, but you can check it out if you want. The website is www.revelationtv.com. Their names are Caroline and Desmond Bellew. :)

This weekend I've just been chilling and enjoying the lovely sunshine. :D

Today has been a really good day... mostly. At church there were 5 weddings! 5 lovely couples were renewing their wedding vows. It was so sweet and touching. :) The best bit at church tho... a great couple I met at History Makers are pregnant with a girl and they are naming her after... ME!!! :D So excited!! hehehehe. Love it. The rest of the day was spent having a BBQ by the pool and sunbathing, then watching Dumbo! :) This evening wasn't so great. We went to the university to the Biology department and as Pilar knows someone who works there, and he showed us his experiment. It was horrible, as it involved killing baby chicks who werent even born yet. He took them out the shell and put them in anesthetic liquid and they moved then died. So sad. :( Def off chicken and eggs for now!

All in all a pretty good week.

God bless


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Busy busy busy :)

sunny 16 °C

So it's been a while since I've written my amazing blog. :)
Lots has been happening.
I've been driving in Spain!! Mwa hahahaha!!! The first time was pretty scary but I've got used to driving on the wrong side of the road and the crazy drivers. Drivers here are so impatient. Though the other day I forgot I had to give way to the left on roundabouts so ended up cutting up some cyclists. Uh oh! :S They were alright so tis all good. :)
Living with the Spanish family is going really well. I love it here and the family are great. The children are so sweet. They are taking me to Seville for two days on Monday, can't wait. :)
Work is also going really well. The classes are good. We have recently had a rearrangement of a couple of classes. One of my classes, adult convo, has now gone to Caroline and instead I have a adults complete beginners English class with people from church. I love it! They are so enthusiastic and love coming and learning English. It is a big class, 13 students crammed into a room that only comfortable fits 8 students and me in it, so its a bit of a squeeze but its really good. Def my favourite class I think, though all my classes are good. Watched a film in a couple of classes lately to practise their listening skills and as a reward for a lot of exams, so that's been fun. Last night was funny because I was watching the film with my last class and they had turned the lights off to see it better, and Desmond and Caroline had come back early, saw no lights and were wondering what was going on. Hehe.
Last weekend I went to Lisbon for four days with the lovely Claire!! Was so good to see her, and we had such a great time. We did so much walking and Segways on Saturday that by the evening we couldn't walk because we were in so much pain!! Was still a great time tho. The Segways were so fun. It was funny cos they are quite big and you can hear them coming, but this cyclist wasn't paying any attention or looking were he was going and went straight into me! We did a gourmet walking tour, walked round ourselves and froze on an open top tour bus. The best night was Friday night when we went to a Fado restaurant. Fado is a Portuguese tradition, where you have Portuguese food and listen to a Fado band. They sing Portuguese songs while you are eating. It was such a great experience. We were the only tourists in there, and when the singers were singing some of the songs, the whole restaurant joined in. It was really amazing.
This weekend is CARNAVAL!! It's a big festival in Badajoz where everyone dresses up and goes and partys on the street. There is a big parade on the Sunday with people wearing Mardi Gras type costumes. I can't wait to see it. :)
Soon four of my friends who are doing the YWAM course in Caceres are graduating, and I'm off to see their graduation. I can't wait, will be really good.
One of my friends is helping me with my Spanish, so it is getting there slowly. :)
Oooooo Lisbon have C&A!! Was so happy to see it. Lol. It's such a great shop. :)
Lisbon and Spain are quite behind in their music, it's great as I'm always hearing old classics. Hehe. Lately I've heard Spice Girls and 'I'm Blue' hehe. I probs look like a loon sitting on the bus and mouthing all the words. :) hehehe
It's fun teaching English when the students say funny things and make funny mistakes. Hehe. Though I'm probs just as bad with my Spanish. :)
I'm loving the weather here. In January I had a BBQ and sunbathed by the swimming pool!! It's great weather, always double figures. Sometimes a bit chilly in the wind, but still really sunny. Though I do really want snow :( Gutted you all have snow and I don't haha. Trade anyone?? :P
Hope everyone is well. God bless.

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