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Originally uploaded by elijahjack.
Yesterday some friends and I took off for Almeria. We booked a hostel right on the beach and spent most of the day sunbathing and diving into the water. It was a nice break from Ubeda life and we all wanted to stay longer than one day but we've got papers due tomorrow and projects coming up.

Tonight I went to a local flamenco concert put on by a bunch of young kids. It was really amazing. I totally stuck out like a sore thumb, but the folks here are friendly and excited to see foreigners interested in their culture. I tend to get stared at wherever I go, but I've learned that if I just say hi, folks actually want to talk to me. They are just as nervous as I am about approaching me. I've met so many cool people.

Francisco, my favorite friend in Ubeda, left today to study in Linares. It hit me as I was hugging him goodbye that I will probably never see him again. He put his hand on the back of my neck and said, "if you come back here, I promise you always have family." I threw him another hug and headed back home feeling really sad about having to say goodbye.

I've also become pretty close with some people that I traveled here with. I am going to miss the kind of community we've built here and I am already aching to travel with some of them again in the future. Especially my flatmates. This has been a pretty big learning experience when it comes to hanging out with and forming friendships with people that I don't usually form friendships with in the US. It is different and good and sometimes hard but completely worth it.

On Thursday Paloma and I are heading to Jaen to attend a regional homophobia and transphobia workshop. I am nervous about my spanish, but I am really excited at the possibility of meeting other guys like me and learning more about queer experiences in Spain. I am going to invite my professor (the one who traveled here with us from Evergreen) because I know she's really interested in queer culture here too. Plus, she's just a really cool lady to hang out with.

Also, I have been making a list of foods I want to eat as soon as I return to the US.

Top 5

1. Mac & Cheese
2. Burger from Dick's
3. Indian food
4. Ethiopian food
5. Mac & Cheese

Also, I never want to eat ham again.


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May. 14th, 2007 06:39 am (UTC)
awww, I'll have to go cancel that ham cake I ordered for your graduation present, I hope I can get my deposit back!
p.s. you sure are posting some pretty pictures -is that an old mill?
post more!
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