So far in Spain, I am often asked, “So what do you do here while Brooks is at work?” Usually Brooks is translating that sentence for me, as almost everyone we’ve met speaks only Spanish. Of course, I would not expect anything different as I am the one living in a Spain, and should be able to communicate in their home language. However, this process of communicating in Spanish has been much more difficult than expected. Which leads to my first key event in my day.
November 1st was our first National Spanish Holiday, All Saints Day. It honestly snuck up on us. Brooks had from Wednesday to Sunday off, but it wasn’t until his coworkers started talking about their holiday events, that we learned what the days off were all about.
The Monday through Friday “work-week” is much different here in Spain for me and Mariah, compared to our life in Arizona. Here is a quick insight into some daily routines I have, and how they stack up to my former “life” as a public school teacher in Arizona.
Horseshoe Bend is the enormous horseshoe shaped canyon in Page, Arizona. Visitors travel the world to see this curve in the ground because of its sheer beauty and incredible geological structure, or at least, to take stunning photos. I had never seen in it person and it was a bucket list item to visit this highly photographed spot.
Havasupai Falls, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, is every
bit as magical as the hundreds of photos you see from advertising and visitors’ experiences. The question most people face when it comes to Havasupai Falls is not “Do I want to go?” but, “How is visiting this magical land doable?”
Phoenix is home to amazing weather, growing job opportunities, popular attractions, beautiful scenery, and a never-ending list of enjoyable activities. It is no surprise that Phoenix gained more than 76,000 new residents in 2016, according to AZCentral.com. As Phoenix continues to grow, escaping from the hustle and bustle can seem hard without leaving the city. Fortunately, there are some not-so-hidden gems in Phoenix, which offer
solitude and adventure for all.
Just north of Horseshoe Bend is one of my favorite places in Arizona to swim, Lake Powell. The lake sits on the East side of the Glen Canyon Dam and is an oasis in the desert. Visitors take in a magnificent view of turquoise water collected in a bowl of red rocks. Kayaking, boating, and swimming are all permissible in this picturesque place.