|Mosaic to honor Hercules|
That afternoon, Maria (my 21 year old host sister) and I met Pili (my host mom) at the park where she goes every Friday with other moms. All the kids were running around while they talked, and I could keep up pretty well with the conversation. One thing they talked about for a while was the smoking ban in public places which began in January. Everyone here that I've met smokes, so it was interesting to see what they all thought of it (there were some who thought it was a good thing, but definitely not the majority). I also found out that it costs 800 euros to get a driver's license! That's $1,075!! Maria was shocked that it cost practically nothing in the States to get one.
On Saturday we went to Cadiz which is a city more southern and is basically a peninsula. It is right where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean, or so we were told. It is also the oldest city in Andalucia and possibly in all of Southwestern Europe. The city is split in two sections: the new and the old. La Puerta Tierra, a huge wall, separates the two and is the reason why Cadiz was able to survive during many wars. Now you drive underneath it to enter the Old City. We spent our whole day there.
Our tour included seeing many historic sites including:
|Plaza de Espana. This is the Monument to the Constitution of 1812, where Spain's constitution was originally signed.|
|Plaza de San Antonio where the Constitution was actually signed. This church was built in 1669.|
|The Cathedral. Beautiful.|
|We got to walk up one of the towers and see an amazing view of the city.|
|Love love love.|
|Oh just a bunch of cats. There were many gangs of about 12 cats all over the rocks, just enjoying the sun.|
|Wishing I had my swimsuit!|
|There wasn't a lot of sand on the beach, but tiny tiny rocks and shells that were actually really comfortable.|
Hope everyone had a good Valentine's Day. My mom sent me a package with sugar cookies (which my family has never had and is now obsessed with) and conversation hearts, so I was not without. Also, Grandma and Grandpa, I got your card and although you had no idea what the Spanish said, you were right in that it was very nice!