This weekend I went on an excursion all on my own to go visit Liz in Salamanca. Liz is a good friend from Spruce Lake Wilderness Camp and when we found out we would both be in Spain at the same time we just had to meet up. The last time I saw her was over Christmas break. We both live in PA, but rather than seeing each other there, the first time we've seen each other in 6 months is in Spain! It was great to see a familiar face while being abroad. It was comforting to talk about the things we have in common and reminisce about the good times we've shared together. We also made so many new memories too while exploring Salamanca together!
It's so awesome how the people we meet everywhere allow us to go places we never would have gone before. I may have still visited Liz if she wasn't in Salamanca, but it definitely wouldn't have been the same experience. Sharing travel experiences with friends is, I think, one of the most rewarding experiences. Traveling is great on your own, and you learn a lot, but there's something about having someone to laugh with, share stories and memories and support each other while traveling.
Liz and I went on a paddleboat ride down the River Tormes, ate a lot of delicious Spanish food (and learned that Spaniards don't have picnics... people looked at us really weird when we brought food to a park to eat it), watched the "mayores" dance salsa in a park (it's always dancing time in Spain, unless it's siesta time), stayed up "late" (until 2 am, but most people are just starting their Saturday night then), bought souvenirs at a flea market, and most importantly got to talk and catch up. It was Liz's last weekend in Salamanca, so I'm glad I could come and spend time with her before she left. Tomorrow, back to Spanish classes in Madrid!