Hola y Hasta La Próxima: Four visitors in less than a month

I'm the sentimental type, and never more so than when I have to say goodbye to people and places that I love. All too soon, we have a big goodbye approaching--we are saying adiós to Alcalá at the beginning of July. (And no, we don't have definite plans to announce yet post our early-July departure, so stay tuned.) But honestly, I cannot even think too much about that at the moment because it makes me sad. 

However, in the past month we had several visitors, namely John's parents and our dear Clemson friends Janie and Elisabeth. It was wonderful to reconnect in person instead of via Facetime, Skype, or Whatsapp. As thankful as I am for those ways to stay connected, there is nothing like being together, sharing a cervecita on a terrace on Calle Mayor (Alcalá's Main Street) in the warm evening air, or taking a long walk in the park and talking, talking, talking. God has blessed us with good friends here this year, but there's nothing like being with people who have known you for years. Sunday morning we said goodbye to J & E at the Madrid airport, and after around three weeks of having an apartment bustling with company, it feels strangely quiet. My introverted self is thankful for long naps and some self-reflective time, but I sure am going to miss all of those people who came to see us. We love all of you!

We had the wonderfully fun experience of traveling to Palma de Mallorca together (how do you turn down $42 roundtrip plane tickets to an island?!), and then Janie, Elisabeth, and I went to Toledo for a night together. The girls go to see my school and meet some of my teacher friends, and one of my friends invited us over to her house to go swimming and have dinner together; that was an experience to remember. I'm missing these fun, hilarious ladies who never cease to make me laugh.

We spent two full days looking at this. I cannot even begin to describe how beautiful Palma is! We sat right next to the water one day and ate breakfast and lunch inches from the water--it was truly paradise. 

We spent two full days looking at this. I cannot even begin to describe how beautiful Palma is! We sat right next to the water one day and ate breakfast and lunch inches from the water--it was truly paradise. 

Toledo: Another great place to hang out with friends.

Toledo: Another great place to hang out with friends.

Girls' night in Toledo, enjoying the fantastic views from any cafe we could find!

Girls' night in Toledo, enjoying the fantastic views from any cafe we could find!

My friends are prettier than these flowers.

My friends are prettier than these flowers.

Bye sweet friends! Hasta la próxima!!!

Bye sweet friends! Hasta la próxima!!!