First on the list...my dear amiga, confidante, roommate, and partner-in-crime, the lovely Katie. Though we only met last year, the other girls in our group assumed that we were childhood friends. And boy, do we play the part well. It is not an uncommon occurrence for us to finish each others sentences, say the exact same thing simultaneously, give each other a knowing look and instantly collapse into a fit of giggles, etc. We complement each other really well, and balance out each others eccentricities. Example: dearest Katie abhors seafood for the most part (however, Blanca is just too darn good in the kitchen, and I believe Katie is slowly developing a liking for it), and whenever Blanca makes paella (a traditional dish with rice, vegetables, meat and seafood) Katie stealthily slides her shrimp onto my plate when Blanca isn’t looking. And I do the same with my chorizo. We share our snacks at school like good little playmates, and the girls are constantly amazed at how we look out for each other.
Oh how I love this woman. I will not even be able to come close to giving an adequate description of just how fabulous she is...but I will try. She is an older woman, 62 years old to be exact. This works outs very nicely for her because it is the same age as her one true love: Richard Gere. (citation needed: gracias katí). Blanca is very popular and social, and is constantly on the phone with her friends (all older single ladies). She goes out and parties with her friends on the weekends, oftentimes getting home later than we do! I’m sure until recently she thought we were pretty lame, because we always have homework to do and only go out on the weekends--but she thinks more highly of us now that we’ve gone to a discoteca and danced until the sun came up. :)
She always has the table set very prettily. And here is the weekly Monday view out the window.
She really is the perfect madre for Katie and I--we love her to death! She gives us all this motherly advice about not going outside with wet hair to avoid infirmities, wearing something “un poco sexí” to the discoteca, how to be safe on the trains, etc. She also loves to point out all the attractive men to us in hopes of setting us up with some Spanish boyfriends--nudging us and saying, “ooh muy guapo eh?” We come to school everyday with new stories about her, and even though the girls in our group haven’t met her yet, everyone loves her. She makes us laugh constantly, and we have many many “Blanca-isms” that make for wonderful stories. She is so fabulous. Te amo mi madre.
Our dear director, Landes.
Landes and his wife and four of his younger children have all come along for the journey and are living in a nice little chalet near the train station (a nice, short walk for Katie and I). They have been so kind and generous and have opened their home to us countless times. Their children, especially the two youngest, keep us entertained and often accompany us on our excursions to different parts of Spain. Landes and Deb are the perfect director-parents for us. They are adorable together, and balance each other out well (especially with punctuality :)). I am so grateful to have such loving parents here.
These girls are the best. We have so much fun together--whether that be spending Valentine’s Day eating ice cream and watching Jane Austen flicks, attending classes, stopping at every pastry shop and eating delectable desserts, or adventuring throughout our beloved España. Everywhere we go, we manage to have a great time and always find the humor in our situations. Everyone brings something special and different to the group, and we get along spectacularly, which is definitely a blessing. You are all fabulous my darlings!