Monday, May 18, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
- I am a bit of a cheapskate
- I am even more of a cheapskate when I do not have very much money or I am trying to save money
- I do not have very much money, and I am trying to save money.
- I will return to Barcelona with my brother Kale
- Kale does not like traveling with me to places that I have already been and doing things that I have already seen.
- the beach (when the weather was nice!)
- Exploring local markets
- going to parks and having pic-nics
- taking self-run walking tours out of the lonely planet book
- Exploring the Botanical Gardens and main town squares/plazas
- Watching Barca futbol games at local restaurants
- and of course....going out on the town.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Mom, please listen to the song playing in the player to your right. This post is dedicated to you.
There are certain characteristics that all good mom’s share. Unconditional love, emotional (and often times financial) support, a feeling of “no matter what happens in life, at least my mom loves me.” Even kids on a playground know this - “Oh yeah? Well my mom told me I’m special!” Perhaps the most commendable component that these mothers share is expecting nothing in return. Now, I could argue that a good son or daughter would recognize all of the things that make their mom great and give her constant praise for doing them….but we know that mothers don’t expect that.
My mom, easily the best mother ever, literally does the most incredible things for me on a regular basis, does it without a second thought, and expects nothing more than frequent hugs and “I love you’s” in return.
Well I am not home to give you a hug right now, but I can tell you mom that I love you so very much and I appreciate everything that you have done for me, and continue to do for me. When I return home and walk out of the arrivals gate on the 22nd of June at 11 am, I will give you that long awaited hug and I hope you know the love that lies behind it.
Just last week she helped me in my quest to pretend to be a grown-up, by revising my resume and cover letter. She even did this after I snapped at her via email over not being harsh enough in her revisions. That’s a good mom. My mom is a great mom, the best, but I feel it is unfair to classify her greatness under this specific term “mom”….she is simply a great person. She is wonderful to everyone, not only her sons, and that is what makes her so special. She shares a very special type of positivity and happiness that is unwavering. This is something that I saw in my grandfather and something that I aim to become. She makes me feel special when I am around her. My mother and father (who is also deserving of enormous praise…but that will have to wait for his birthday, or fathers day) provided my brother and I with the best childhood and have produced two individuals who are very happy with their lives. That is the definition of a successful parent.
I have been showered (and not suffocated) with motherly love since birth, and for that reason I am proud to proclaim that I am a momma’s boy. I am the biggest momma’s boy that I know, and I am proud of it. I love you mom, thank you for being you. I wish I were with you and grandma today so that I could tell you these things in person, but this electronic proclamation will have to do.
Happy mothers day! I love you more than you love me.
-Your baby boy.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
I am so excited! I watched a documentary last night on Gaudi, and it seems like the entire city revolves around his architecture. It is some really eccentric stuff, i cant wait to see it in real life. The beach!! THe weather in BCN is supposed to be incredible as well, so I will spend a considerable amount of time on the beach...also a trip to Granda? We will see, Les we will have to work that out with Alba.
With this excitement of upcoming travels, comes a lot of sadness. ONce again I leave people behind that have been incredibly nice to me. Teachers, staff, community memebers, my students, and most of all the other student teachers that I bonded with. They are a great group of people and it will be different not having them to vent all of my teaching frustrations/blunders on.
Halbury followers. I am sorry that I have not posted recently, it has been a rough couple of weeks preparing to leave, check for photos and travel updates soon. Maybe once i get to BCN i will be able to give you all a specific itinerary for my summer travels.
miss you all.