My Weekend in Santander
Last weekend, after saying goodbye to the two-weekers, our LPI group went on an excursion to Santander. We arrived in the city Friday night and were given some free time to explore the city on our own. Some friends and I decided to walk around and we ended up at an outdoor market. There were vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry to traditional pastries. They had wooden cookware, fresh meat and cheese, and even a whole piglet roasting on a metal pole, something I had never seen before. I bought some walnut soap and a piece of quesada, a type of Cantabrian cheesecake. The quesada was different from cheesecake I had tried before, not as sweet or creamy, but it was still delicious. I enjoyed the experience of communicating with the vendors in Spanish and seeing the unique items they had for sale. We finished the night with granizados, which are icy fruit slushies, and went back to the hotel to prepare for the next day.
On Saturday, I began my morning by sleeping until 9:30am and eating a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before heading to the beach. The beach was beautiful with its warm sand and clear water, and the weather was great. It was sunny and in the mid-70s, not too hot or too cold. I walked along the beach, swam in the cold water, and then lay in the sun on my towel. The beach was full of people of all ages enjoying the day. Later, we went to another beach for a surfing lesson. I had never surfed before and did not realize how hard it was. You had to wait for a wave to come, paddle with your hands, and then stand up on the surfboard, which is a lot harder than it sounds but very interesting to learn. Our weekend in Santander was full of fun and relaxation. With no classes to worry about and nothing to do but go to the beach, sleep, and enjoy the city, Santander has been my favorite excursion so far.
The above post was contributed by Rosina D’Angelo, who studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain during the summer of 2013.