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Well, that's all folks! Today marked my last day in Granada and I said goodbye to a city that stole my heart. I like to think that's it's 'hasta luego' instead of 'adios' because I'm a granadina now and will have to return one day. I've made new friends and good memories, and I couldn't have had a better experience abroad. Thanks to the IWU Study Abroad department for their constant support! Also thanks to you all who read my Facebook blog-- I hope you enjoyed the journey as much as I did

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Hey friends! Sorry I've been away for awhile-- I've been studying hard for exams! But guess what?? They are over! Now time to enjoy my last 2 days in Granada stress free

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Ice cream is the best study motivator!

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This morning the flamenco class had their end of the year show! We all went to support our friends and lots of host parents came too. My host family and I went together to cheer on my roommate Eloise-- she rocked it!

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Yesterday I officially finished classes! I went on a field trip with my Islamic civilization class to see an exhibit on science in al-Andalusia. After the visit I explored the museum with some friends. There was a butterfly garden, a viewing tower, a human body exhibit, and more! Super fun way to end classes

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Today I was reminiscing with a friend about or first day in Spain. We both agreed on the one thing we were most nervous about- asking the taxi driver (in Spanish) to take us from the airport to the hotel. So super lame. We know. It's so funny how far we've come. Since then I've taken many taxis, ordered coffee, given 30 minute presentations, interviewed for a job, taught a woman how to use a computer, and traveled Europe. All in Spanish. Get ready world, Casey Plach might just be bilingual 😉

Today I taught my last English class. We had a little party with music, food, and games! I'm very lucky to have had this opportunity and I will miss my students very much- I've learned as much from them as they have from me

Cabo de Gata was fantastic! On Friday we went on a 9 mile hike along the coast and Saturday we relaxed on the beach. The sun was shining, the water was crystal clear, and the views were breathtaking. I can't believe how lucky I am to be here. It was the last trip we took with IES and an excellent way to end the semester. Now just one more week of classes, a week of finals, and home!

What a day! After turning in 2 papers and attending 4 classes, I had the night off! I started with a visit to the Cathedral. Besides being beautiful, the Catholic Monarchs (Fernando and Isabel) are buried there-- how cool! Afterwards I went to an olive oil class. We tried olive oil from different parts of spain and tried some tapas that use olive oil as a main ingredient. So so so delicious. Tomorrow it's off to Cabo de Gata for some beach fun

Dear Granadinos,
It hit 90 degrees today. Don't you think it's time to start rethinking the pants and long sleeves? Just sayin.
Love your sweaty American friend,
Casey

Spanish word of the day:
cerdo (pork)
Today I studied for a bit at a tapas bar near my house and the tapa made me smile because it was so typical of Spain. Bread, olives, tomato, and... (wait for it)...chorizo wrapped in bacon wrapped in pork. "Cerdo" is by far the most common meat here-- there are even ham flavored chips! What most people don't know is why pork is so common. During the Spanish Inquisition, Muslims were expelled from Spain. Many would lie and say they were Christian, but the Catholics were sneaky-- they would test the Muslims by trying to serve them pork and wine (two foods Muslims do not consume). If they refused to eat it, game over. they were caught. Although it's a dark part of Spain's history, it's interesting to see how events long ago affect culture today!

Spanish word of the day:
estrés (stress)
It had to happen soon. I knew school work would sneak around the corner at some point and here it is! I have two 10 page papers due this Thursday, two more papers due the next week, and finals after that. It's time for some quality Microsoft Word time.... and maybe another café con leche.

Great weekend in Madrid! We went to The Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum, the Royal Palace, Retiro Park, Plaza Mayor, and more! The only activity we payed for all weekend was 5€ to tour the palace- being a student had so many benefits!

This weekend I decide to go to Madrid with a couple of friends. We've only been here for a few hours but I already love it! It's much bigger than Granada and we have so much to see! Tomorrow will be a big day of museums, parks, palaces and more

Another beautiful day in Granada! Today was Spain's "Labor Day" so there were no classes! However, I have 3 papers due next week so I was inside working hard. I took a few study breaks outside because it's just so nice out. Plus, I only have 25 days left to enjoy this beautiful place

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Spanish word of the day:
Anuncio (commercial)
I would just like to note that watching sports is much more enjoyable when there aren't commercials every ten minutes. I'm watching the soccer game with my host-brother and the only anuncios were at half-time

It seems like there's always some crazy event going on in Spain. Tonight I went to Fallas- a celebration that takes place in Valencia (...and apparently Granada) where monuments depicting politicians and public figures are burned. There were also fireworks and a dance party!

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