This weekend, however, I spent a night celebrating the season with my little pocket of friends here in La Linea. The party was an eclectic mix of Americans and Spaniards, and I was pleased (nearly shocked) at my ability to switch back and forth between the two languages. It was that "ahh hah!" moment you hear about.
Bekah with her gift: two packs of cigarettes and an assortment of condoms.
Becky with the tetera I bought and Carly trying to persuade someone to steal her tomato
Gonzalo opening a...cat planter? What the hell is that thing?
And Katlyn lost her Bart Simpson mug to Gonzalo for the Cat thing. Tragedy.
Marta and Maribel swapping gifts!
As the night progressed, we found ourselves lost in conversation, a little inebriated and full of the energy that the season offers. It truly felt like Christmas, even if for just a moment. I'm grateful to my friends here for making these occasions, which could so easily be lonely, full of love and laughter.
A few more glimpses of the night:
Me and Carly
And this is when drunk Becky dropped the tetera, and broke it. R.I.P.
random assortment of gifts: condoms and cigs, Jewish candle, and a ceramic puppy?
When my turn game around, I picked the gift that looked most like a book (yes, I'm nerd, but a proud one at that!). And luckily, it was a book! The best gift there in my opinion...100 of the Best Curses and Insults in Spanish. Thank God I've found a way to further my college education.
I think I'll start....now.