Getting to know the city

27 Sep

After getting to know the city on foot for the past week, yesterday we decided to take a different approach – en coche. Three of my neighbors – Nacho, who helped me find my apartment, Juan and Juan – took Lisa (another American teacher) and me up to el Castillo de Santa Catalina to get the full effect of Jaén.

So far, the weather has been nearly perfect, and yesterday was not an exception. The views of the city were beautiful:

After walking a bit around the castle and the accompanying el parador, voted one of the best hotels in Spain, we headed down to the bottom of the mountain to the Parque del Seminario. The park has a beautiful view of the castle high above to the left and the cathedral straight ahead. As the sun set, we watched both become illuminated, serving as a bright contrast to the darkening landscape of Jaén.

By that time, it was getting cold and we were getting hungry so it was off for more tapas bars, cerveza and finally sleep.

Today, they came to clean and fix up my apartment so I’m excited to get to work unpacking, organizing and settling in once I get back.

Hasta pronto!

My Lesson of the Day: Nothing compares to the view from above.


3 Responses to “Getting to know the city”

  1. Ann Schultz September 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    Emily, looks beautiful!! (also looks like Juan and Juan are enjoying the beautiful american girls! haha) Glad you are doing well, and getting settled–Love ya–Aunt Ann

  2. MOM September 27, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    Looks and Sounds like things are much better then last Thursday. Hope you get internet soon and we can set up a time to skype. Miss you sweetie.
    The pictures sure are incredible. Hope we can stay in the castle when we come to visit.

  3. the Lonnemans September 28, 2010 at 2:48 am #

    We miss you! Kate longs to be on facebook with you, Elizabeth cracked up over the name Nacho (Is it his REAL name?) and which one is he in your picture? She votes brown shirt guy. Claire loved your pictures and we all ooohed and ahhhed over them.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences and photos.
    We love you and know you are brave and adventurous.
    Aunt Ellen and family

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