As I sit at a cafe writing this blog post, I listen to groups of women around me talking. At 10:00, women come together to smoke, drink coffee, and talk about their lives. This is the best time to subtly practice language comprehension. Their gestures are animated and their words are fast and loud, often overlapping each other. As I strain to comprehend the conversations around me, it is a stark reminder of how difficult it actually is to speak and understand another language.
The quest for a rigorous and satisfying sports experience in Spain has led my son, Carson, down an unexpected path. Because of the circumstances outlined below, he is now a proud member of the only American Football team in Valencia: the mighty Fire Bats!
One of my main goals while in Spain was to visit the Pyrenees. Unlike the rest of Spain, which stays mild throughout the year, northern Spain receives a real winter. For hiking, it is recommended that August is the last month to visit the Pyrenees for warm, hikable weather. So, we headed to the nearest national park, Parc Nacional d'Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici, and the village of Taull.
Sally and her family moved to Spain for a year from July 2017 - July 2018. They lived in a little town called Puzol, which is about 20km north of Valencia. Her kids, Carson and Celia, attended the American School of Valencia, an International School located in Puzol. The goal for the whole family was to experience another way of life, and learn Spanish.