Tuesday, May 7, 2013

My Last School Day

My last day at RMSI ended so quickly!

I was enjoying every minute of my time with the students.
I was helping them individually read a story entitled,
"What's for Breakfast?"
Students were learning words like, "breakfast, pancakes, cereal, and sweet." 
Many students already knew breakfast foods like, "biscuit, apple, orange, and banana."
All the students have learned so much and I have learned so much being with them! 
Later that day, all the teachers and staff gathered for a farewell lunch.
We ate an assortment of pizzas while American teachers were given 
a shirt, lanyard, yearbook, and a nice note from our teachers! 
It was like a mini-graduation!
Everyone was so nice. 
Below is Miss Mary and I on our last day together. 

After the school day, all the American teachers gathered together to show our WKU pride!

A special "thank you" to all who made this trip possible!
Thank you, WKU Sisterhood for providing us with your support.
Thank you, Dr. Fred Carter and Lillian Davis for all that you do behind the scenes!
This adventure in Spain has been a memory of a lifetime! 

Below are pictures of Nichole and I with our host-families! 
We went to Park Guell for our last afternoon together. 

While on the metro, the kids were enjoying a hand-clapping game of 
"Mrs. Mary Mack."
Need a refresher? The lyrics are here

The view was great! 

Great memories! 

Saturday, May 4, 2013


This week, the students have been learning about Africa. 
The students gathered around a classroom computer and saw pictures 
of the people, huts, and dances.
They also got to taste traditional food of Africa:
Breadsticks with Hummus Dip  

Below, the students were working on their passports to Africa! 

During our lunch break, I walked to a restaurant where they served BIG hamburgers!
Laura said she ate with Carlos there a lot before they were married. 
I had a good hamburger!.. I couldn't eat it all. 

Below is where I ate with the family on the weekend. 

I had bread with garlic, tomato, salt, and olive oil. 
Then, I had a Catalan dish of pasta; my favorite. In Spanish, it's canelones
Along with the pasta, the family ordered me goat ribs.
I was pleasantly full, ha ha!! 

Below are more highlights of the weekend!

Since I am a girl who loves shoes, I bought new flats! I love them. 
To finish off our big meal, we all had ice cream! Can you believe we had room?!

After our big meal, we went to a beautiful beach with beautiful flowers. 
Pleasant weekend. 

My month in Spain is ending too soon..

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sagrada Familia

 I finally made a visit to the Sagrada Familia!

Sagrada Familia is the top visited place in Spain.  
According to the news, the final completion date is said to be in the next 15 years.

When the church is finished, it will have 18 towers; 
12 to the apostles, 4 to the evangelists, 1 to Jesus and another to Mary. 

Evan and I made it to the top of the "Torre Naixement" tower. 

The ceiling

Different shades of stone can be seen on the pillars. 
This is because there are differences in weight the pillars have to hold. 
The building is build with six different types of stone.

The building was started in 1882.
Since Gaudi's death in 1926, construction slowed down. 
There had been lack of funds and an outbreak of Civil War. 

It was during the Civil War (1936) that most of Gaudi's plans were destroyed. 
According to a website, he was constantly improvising and changing designs during construction.