Archives for August 2011

We are in Nerja!

Wonderful two weeks ahead in Southern Spain

We made it to Nerja and we are settling in. Monday was the first day of classes, and after school the whole group headed down to the beach. Everyone seems to be having a great time and this group of girls is awesome. So awesome, that when I misunderstood something on the menu yesterday and fried sardines showed up to the table, the girls just smiled and tried them anyway!

I felt bad, but they had great attitudes and wouldn’t let me. I am sure the delicious fried potato dumpling that they were expecting would have tasted nothing like the fried sardines, but they were so sweet and tried the sardines. But not to worry, there was plenty of tasty food to go around so no one went home hungry.

More updates to follow, especially when the girls are “ready” for a photo of them to be taken. Thank you for visiting our blog!


– Anne Johnson, U.S. chaperone, Nerja

Saying Farewell to Salamanca!

Ready for our True Immersion Week in San Sebastian

These last days have been a whirlwind and a lot of fun. I am including photos of the cooking class from this week. As you can imagine, the food we made was amazing!

We say farewell to two members of our group: Chelsea Watson, a student who is returning to the U.S. tomorrow. We will miss her sunny disposition! And we say hasta luego to lovely Ana Garcia, our Local Spanish Leader, who is working now in the south of Spain. As a goodbye to them, let me share this quote from Chelsea, “Salamanca is like a beautiful pearl you find inside a closed oyster… in your paella. And, yes, all the calamari are my friends.”

Final weekend in Salamanca

We are into our final weekend here in Salamanca as we wrap things up and head north to San Sebastian on Sunday 7/31. We will spend a week there as each student lives full-time with a Basque family for a full immersion experience. We will reunite as a group on 8/7. Once reunited after the immersion, we will head to Madrid to enjoy some final sightseeing before taking off the following morning for home.

Beautiful San Sebastian

The picturesque city of San Sebastian is one of my personal favorites, located just miles from the French border in the Basque region. I will be in touch regularly with the group, will be in the area, and the students all know they can reach me at any time by phone.

So, as a final farewell to this wonderful city, ECI is taking students out for tapas tonight! ¡Delicioso! I will take a break from writing the blog next week while students are doing the immersion, as everyone will be involved in different activities with their immersion families. I’m signing off for a bit.

¡Hasta Pronto!

– Jennifer Brown, U.S. Chaperone, Salamanca 3