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Parasailing in Marbella

Hola a todos!

This weekend was full of adventure and spontaneity! I last minute decided to go to Marbella, Spain with a group of friends from school. And it was a very good decision indeed! We left on Saturday and it was about a 3 hour bus ride to Marbella. When we got there, we checked into our cute little AirBNB and then headed to the beach. The beach was beautiful as always. After spending a couple hours tanning and relaxing we headed back to our place to get dressed for dinner. We ended up going to an Indian restaurant, which I have never had before. It was delicious! Not only am I trying Spanish food in Spain, but other ethnically different food as well! After dinner, we headed to bed so we could be well rested for the next day. It was a good thing that we did, because we spontaneously decided to go parasailing!


Parasailing was amazing! I was quite nervous before-hand because I don't like heights all that much but I am so glad that I did it. There really are no words to describe it. The view was fantastic looking down at the vibrant blue ocean and the breath-taking mountains along the shore. It was was so peaceful when we got up there. I felt as if I were a bird flying over the ocean. I did not want to come down. It definitely was a once in a lifetime experience that I am so grateful to have had.


My entire experience thus far has been amazing. I feel so blessed to be able to experience the Spanish culture and way of life. I also feel so blessed to have met so many great people through SAIIE. I know this sounds super cheesy, but I have only known everyone for 3 weeks and it feels like we have been friends our whole lives. It definitely will be hard to leave Spain and all these great friends I have made here. It is starting to hit me that my time here is over half way done. With that being said, I ready to make the most of these last 2 weeks in this beautiful country with some amazing people!

Hasta luego!


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I don't really have much else to say, so here are a bunch of pictures from my weekend. Enjoy!