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Feliz Navidad!… with jet lag

Hello from the States! I am so happy to be spending Christmas with my family. I’ve really missed them! So far I’ve had plenty of yummy food and I’ve given and received quite a few bear hugs. The only negative to this situation has to be the jet lag… I woke up at 5AM yesterday and today. We’ll work on it! Speaking of jet lag, click on the picture to be linked to a great article with some jet lag tips for those of you in my annoying situation!


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21.5 hour journey to the atllllll

I got to Atlanta on Thursday night after 21.5 hours of traveling… and I’ve never been happier to be home! The flight was pretty uneventful until the captain SANG over the intercom as we were approaching the airport in London. It was cute!! I had a few hours to check out the airport, so I ate a little bit and did some duty-free candy shopping.

After all of that goodness, I sat at my gate to wait for my plane. After a few minutes, I heard someone say “Can I sit next to you?” I looked up and it was my friend Hannah from my university!!! She has spent the last year in Denmark and she was coming home at the same time. What a small world!!

The flight from London to Madrid was kind of miserable, but I always hate long hauls like that. My back hurts from the seats and I can hardly sleep… but I made it! The airline left Hannah’s bag in London, so she had to sort that out. Then the ATL airport put my bag on the wrong belt after I went through customs and rechecked my bag (hard to explain if you aren’t familiar with Hartsfield-Jackson)… but I found it after an hour! So all is good.

And now it’s snowing! This is the first white Christmas that I can remember having! I got a lot of nice presents and everyone liked what I brought for them from Spain (or they are good at pretending! ).

I’m very glad to be home and I’m extra happy that I get to spend a lot of time here before school starts again!

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t minus 24 hours and counting

In 24 hours I will be landing in Atlanta – joy! I can’t wait to spend the holidays with my family! Three months without them is tough!

More to come!

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Christmas in Spain

The countdown begins! In 12 days I will be in the states to celebrate Christmas with my family. I’m so excited to see everyone and to eat some good holiday food!

Christmas starts early here in Spain! What I told my co-workers was that we usually don’t even think about Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving, but since they don’t have Thanksgiving here, it doesn’t work that way! They put up Christmas lights in November and they are all so pretty (although some are weird!). Check out this video that I made of some “different” Christmas lights. Sorry it’s so short!

I’ll make sure to take a lot more photos of Christmas lights! Here are the ones I have so far.

Christmas Tree at Sol (center of the city)

Orbs? on a side street at Sol (blurry, sorry!)

Lights at Callao

Lights on Gran Vía (a very large, busy street)

Lights at the mall!

In art we made little Christmas trees with some heavy cardboard-like paper and buttons. Here’s mine!

And then there are the finger puppets that the 1st graders made… Here are mine!

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rock star christmas

Santa Claus with a little girl

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Yesterday was hilarious! As in every class ever, we started listening to Christmas songs to get ready for Christmas.  In my 2nd grade class at Padre Poveda we’ve been practicing “Holly Jolly Christmas” with the kids, because they are going to sing it on stage for the Christmas show that the school is having. In order to keep them interested, we’ve also been playing other songs. Here are some examples:

“I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” – Since the kids had never heard this one, it was just me singing it to them with this youtube video…. BUT THEY LOVED IT!

Even though they loved the hippopotamus song, this one was the crowd-pleaser.

They LOVE the rock version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” I had them on the floor playing air guitar, jumping around, and even playing the air drums. I jumped around and sang with them too of course! Even the shiest kids were jammin’!!

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