As a new spread phenomenon, Santa Claus has made his way to Spain, this is an example of the widespread effect of American culture. However, the tradition here is not to celebrate the jolly, obese american symbol of giving, but rather the three wise men. Every child believes that the three wise men will come to their house at night bearing gifts. They go to bed early to make sure that the 'tres reyes magos' don't skip their house. They leave out wine for the reyes (milk and cookies), and believe that if they'd been bad that year, the wise men will leave nothing but coal. This is celebrated today, the 6th of January, and I woke up a few hours ago to find the Christmas tree packed from beneath with presents. Yes it is 12 days late, but I still feel the spirit of Christmas.
¡Hola! So today is the first day of the twelve days of Christmas, and to mark my first Christmas away from my family I am uploading a video each day to take them around Valencia. It's my own personal tour of my favorite sights here. Hope you enjoy as well!! Here's My Partridge in a Pear Tree, or to be more Valencian, my Perdigón in an 'Orange' Tree.
So I finally got my new computer to connect me to Blogspot! What a struggle! Grandparents in Spain!! (Below)
So what's new with me?
Every Thursday I have saxophone classes. The residents of the small city of Alboraya put a big emphasis on being connected to the Music Society. So naturally, to fit in, I took up classes. This weekend is 4 days long, thank god! And we were supposed to go traveling, but Miquel has caught the flu, and we are going to be stuck here for today. We might go out tomorrow.
How am I?
Ecstatic! I am passing all my classes so far, all in Spanish (except english + french)!!!!! Have been using Skype to contact home. If you have a skype and want to say Hi, add me: Scubavike...
More Videos To Be Posted For Christmas!!! Stay Tuned!
And Yes I have been here for 3 whole months, and have 7 left...Thats more than 1/4 of my adventure.