A beautiful view from the mountain

A day trip to Frigiliana

We took a short trip to Frigiliana on Tuesday. It is famous for its pedestrian streets, white houses with blue doors, its amazing view of the sea, and for having one of the oldest Sugar Cane factories around. We tried some typical products made in Frigiliana and we took a little walking tour. The girls said it seemed like what Greece would look like. We did a little shopping, and enjoyed some ice cream.

We met some local retired “grandfathers” who sit on the benches and stare at the incredible view. When some girls asked to take pictures with the “granddads” I think they may have just about made their month. They kept posing and asking to be in more pictures so they could talk to the girls longer. They were innocent, and it was very funny and fun to watch.

¡Hasta Pronto!

– Anne Johnson, U.S. Chaperone, Nerja

Our Language Partners & Caves of Nerja

Practicing our Spanish with locals

One of the activities that I think is most valuable for the students is their time spent with language partners. College-aged students are selected by our local leader to spend time with the kids with ECI. So far their language partners gave them a tour of Nerja on our first night, they had a beach activity a few nights ago, and Wednesday night the had a “tapas” activity. In Spain it’s customary to receive a “tapa” (small plate of food) with any type of beverage you order. So last night the girls got to experience a typical evening in Nerja for the Spaniards, and they went “tapeando” – bouncing around to different locations to have a soda and a tapa. 

Las Cuevas de Nerja

We visited “Las Cuevas de Nerja” yesterday, also known as the Caves of Nerja. Some boys who were playing in the area discovered them in 1959. As the story goes they lost their ball down one of the caves and when going to look for it, they discovered the underground caves. For years now, the caves have been a popular attraction. You can check out the link if you would like to see more pictures of the inside because we were not allowed to use flash while taking pictures. – Las Cuevas de Nerja

¡Hasta Pronto!

– Anne Johnson, U.S. Chaperone, Nerja

A great weekend in Spain

An overnight trip to Sevilla

We had our overnight excursion in Sevilla Friday night. Sevilla is about three hours away from Nerja. I am pretty sure most of us slept the majority of the way there; on a private bus so big we could take over about four rows each. Friday night in Sevilla we walked though town and had a great dinner outside, under some trees near a little plaza in the middle of town, where you can only get to by walking.

Feeling the heat in Sevilla

Saturday the girls felt the true heat of Sevilla everyone had been warning them about. It was hot! I am not sure how hot it got Saturday afternoon, but it was 93 degrees at 11pm the night before. We decided to hire a tour guide for the Alcazar, the Muslim palace in middle of town that fell the Christians and became the major port of all Europe to the Americas. We also toured the cathedral and got to walk to the top of the Giralda bell tower. And to finally get out of the sun, we spent a few hours at the mall next door to our hotel before heading home. Everyone seemed pretty content with that part of the day.

Visiting the water park

Sunday afternoon we went to the water park in a town nearby by bus. It was so fun and refreshing to swim in fresh water. The girls had a blast racing each other down the multiple water slides, hanging out in the wave pool and lying in the sun. It was a fun, sun-filled afternoon! Everyone’s cheeks are a little sun kissed, but we are being very good about applying sun block. It seems there isn’t an activity these girls won’t make the most of and enjoy. Being their chaperone is not only an easy task, but it’s fun!

¡Hasta Pronto!

– Anne Johnson, U.S. Chaperone, Nerja

Lots to learn in Nerja

Improving our Spanish skills at La Escuela de Idiomas

The girls have settled into their classes and the part I like most is that they are in classes with students from all over the world. They are meeting new people, hearing new accents, but what I like most is they now know more people in Nerja because of it. Everywhere we go someone sees someone from class. The girls, “las chicas,” are doing great in school. I have only heard compliments about them and how they are doing great in class. This is the first year I have heard so much Spanish being spoken in the group; it’s awesome!

La clase de cocina or “cooking class”

Wednesday was the cooking class, and las chicas made the traditional dish “Paella” dish. With a little bit of direction, they made a delicious meal. Everyone had a different job to help prepare the food. Some made the salad, some cleaned the prawns (removing heads and all), and others cooked the chicken. It turned out to be one of the best paellas I have tried in Nerja.

¡Hasta Pronto!

– Anne Johnson, U.S. Chaperone, Nerja

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