Here's a recap of the past month:
Rose stayed with us for a little over two weeks, and I must admit, we were sad to see her go. She taught us new Do It Yourself skills, jammed on the guitar every night, made delicious food from recipes she learned throughout her travels, and truly embodied the idea of community as she shared everything she had and let us give back in return. She filled our home with a vibrant creative energy that still lingers in her absence.
A week and a half into Rose's visit, we opened our home up to two more visitors: Amylin from Turkey and her boyfriend Dominic from New Zealand. They hitch-hiked down to the south of Spain in hopes of catching a boat to the Caribbean. Two days after they arrived, our friend Bianca took a bus to our place to visit for the weekend. That meant seven people in one tiny apartment. So we did the only thing we could do in this situation: we made tons of food for everyone and drank a ton of wine!
eating a traditional Turkish dinner with our guests
Amylin and Dominic
saying what we are thankful forThe last picture was taken on Thanksgiving day. Amongst the chaos of entertaining a bunch of guests, there was peace and familiarity in having so many people there to celebrate the day with. The day after Thanksgiving we had a huge celebration at our friends' apartment here in La Linea. In addition to over 20 Americans, we had friends from Turkey, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, France, Italy and Spain come to celebrate . Way too much food, way too much to drink and an overdose of laughter...it was the closest thing we could have found to home.
jammin' to some music and preparing our Thanksgiving day food
Zach slicing the ham for his ham wrapped dates
my banana date nut bread in process!
Hill's appetizer plate
my bread! the finished product
waiting for the turkey to cook
Caitlyn, the hostess, preparing her delicious food
checking the recipe!
Nate and Kylie showing off the turkey like proud parents
the best part: wine and desserts
chowing down! we had way too much food and beautiful people to share it with
drinks and conversationThe day after Thanksgiving, Dominic and Amylin left our place for new adventures, Bianca went back home to La Roda, and Rose made her way over to Algeciras to hitch a boat to Africa.
Rose, me and Bianca
good luck on the road!
Rose and Zach sharing some love
digging in on some Thanksgiving leftovers