Wow, I really am late this time round! I haven't even been that busy really, but February seemed to whizz by.
I did some fantastic Valentine's lessons at school- it's celebrated pretty much the same way worldwide so instead I taught them some English pet names and common nicknames for friends and loved ones. It was so much fun because something that sounds so normal to me, sounds so strange to another country/language! For example, I told them that 'sausage' was a fairly normal one- I was called that as a child, and I've known couples call each other it sometimes, but the kids at school thought it was absolutely hysterical!! I got a similar reaction to 'muffin' and 'stinky', although I of course made sure they understood that you have to say it in a nice way!!
It was also quite interesting for me to see which ones they had already heard of; 'baby', 'honey', 'darling', 'sweetheart' and the ever-notorious 'bae' were fairly well-known, and there were a few really random ones as well like 'babydoll' and 'pumpkin' that they'd heard from TV. Similarly with friendly nicknames, they'd heard of 'dude' and 'bro' from TV, but didn't know 'babe' or 'chick' or 'mate', so we had a good time, I quickly realised how many food-words we use as affectionate names in English, and they even told me a few Spanish ones! So the week or so after my last post was great fun.
|Oviedo Carnaval Lego People|
Something I had almost forgotten about that happened in February was the Oviedo Carnaval celebration! Unfortunately I missed a lot of the festivities because unbeknownst to me, they had been going on in a lot of different places on different days, but I did at least catch the parade! It absolutely chucked it down, but the costumes were incredible, and I saw a lot of great Samba Bands and Star Wars groups making their way down Calle Uría, all of whom were dressed to the nines in amazingly detailed outfits! (For some reason Dropbox has clearly sent those photos and clips to another dimension of my computer, but here are a couple of the other groups I saw that day!)
|Carnaval! Ursula, Ariel and Sebastian|
My main failure at the moment is my cooking, so I took full advantage of my stay-at-home chef and much to his delight, I gave in to his begging me to try proper seafood and we made an absolutely delicious paella: chicken, chorizo, squid and clams! Although I loved the squid and clams, I have to say I was a bit freaked out when we went to the fish counter at the supermarket and saw a man buying 3 GIGANTIC spider-crabs still crawling and wiggling in the bag *shudders*.
|Ta-Daaa! How pretty!?|
|A light lunch in Avilés|
|My only shot of Gijon was this rather poor panorama!!|
|His 4-Cheese and my prosciutto pizza|
|My favourite photo of the entire year|
Talk soon, hasta luego! xxx