So Lindsey (my roommate) and I didn't get a wake up call this morning. Which was funny, but unfortunate because we missed breakfast AND the bus into town AND almost all of the walking tour of Toledo. But we weren't the only ones. Several other people didn't wake up. We caught a taxi into town and met up with the group at la catedral. This cathedral in Toledo is the fourth largest cathedral in the world. It took 300 years to build, and is absolutely breathtaking.
After seeing the cathedral and walking down a few more of Toledo's gorgeous streets, we had free time. We (Dottie, Melanie, Jessica, Macy, Ken, Andrew, and myself) ate lunch at a little kebap place (a sandwich/pita type food with lettuce and little slivers of lamb and a very interesting dressing). Then we walked around the city more and looked at all the shops.
We met back up with the whole group and headed back to our hotel. We had free time, so Anna Q. (from Idaho) and I just sat around, used the internet, and rested for a while. I got to talk to Mary Evelyn, Lauren, AND my parents on Skype today. It was very successful :) At 6:30 we had a meeting about our host families and all about our classes and the city of Valencia. It got us all REALLY excited to get there!!!
After the meeting, Anna Q, Elizabeth, Jen, Kara and I went down to the little cafe downstairs and had sandwiches for dinner (I feel like the only thing I ever have to eat is sandwiches...) and hung out for a couple hours. That's one thing I LOVE about Spain. There is no rush to do anything. You sit down to have dinner at a nice restaurant, and when you're done, the waiter doesn't bring you the bill and breathe down your neck until you leave. You can stay forever and just enjoy each other's company, and it's up to you to decide when you'd like the bill. We sat around just talking and getting to know each other and joking. It was great.
Tommorow we're headed to Valencia and I cannot wait! I'm nervous to meet my family, but at the same time, I know it's going to be such a neat experience. I'll update as soon as I can!
Besos y Abrazos,
*Pictures (from top to bottom): The tower of the cathedral in Toledo (fourth largest in the world), the front of the cathedral - notice the sculpture of the Last Supper above the doors, A view from the outside of the city and a beautiful palace, Jessica and I sad about leaving the city, Kyle, me, Macy, Andrew, Jessica, Dottie, and Ken on the wall of the city