Every week day morning my roommates and I, plus the other 247 teenagers at the camp, strolled down the quiet touristy streets of the town to Colegio M. Rodriguez in order to help improve our Spanish. There were also many Spanish "students" taking part in the program, but they were there to improve their English. The lessons were more relaxed than I'd initially expected and I learned quite a lot for a short amount of time.
|My friends <3 (and me)|
In the afternoon the awesome friends I made and I chillaxed on the sandy beach, had siestas, and visited La Canada, the nearby shopping mall, which contained many familiar shops, for example Desigual, Uggs and Topshop.
On Saturday the whole camp piled on four coaches and travelled along the coast to Tarrifa, the closest point between Europe and Africa - you can take a ferry across the ocean to Morocco and it will only take around 40 minutes!! :) After the excursion, when we returned to the albergue, we had dinner (which was chips and some tasteless meat dish as per usual) before the evening activity, which was alright. Some of my friends and I went to Tiger Bay, a bar near the playa, and grabbed a drink (mine being a Mojito) before heading to another bar. We were the only ones there!!! But that didn't seem to bother anyone - the bar people were nice (and fortunately spoke English, though I suppose they kinda have to since Marbella is full of tourists) and we each got a free caramel shot!!! Plus, we also got to chose the music!!!! :) It was a fun night!!!
After the evening activities we were free to do whatever we liked. Most nights I was sensible and just went on walks to the beach area with three or four people, sometimes more, and bought churros, which are like mini doughnuts. I am sooo craving some right now!!!
On the first Wednesday night everyone went on an excursion to Puerto Marina, a small harbour area with lots of restaurants and bars. When we arrived the majority of the campers went to the ice bar so my friends and I just went to another bar for an hour or so and had a drink. We then went to the ice bar. Twice. Even though it was €10 to enter. It was fffffrrrrreeeeezzzzziiinnnggg but so much fun!!!! And it was my first time EVER in an ice bar so you can imagine excited I was!!!! I had a melon ball, pina colada (I'm obsessed with pineapple!!!!) and caipirinha or whatever it's called!! I was really worried when I only had 10 minutes to get back to the coach. Everyone else had left so I ended up clinging on to one of my friends!! Thankfully, we weren't the last ones to arrive.
|Puerto Marina :)|
PUERTO BANUS!!! <3
On the last night literally EVERYONE from the camp went to Puerto Banus, a luxury marina in Marbella with lots of clubs and designer shops. Although there was no curfew since some people were going home at 2am, we only went to one club, Ink. We stayed there for over two hours so it was alright. Ink was full of teenagers from the camp as well as a few random men who looked like they were forty or something!!! The music was almost deafening but like most things you get used to it after a while. Not being a heavy drinker, I only had one drink, a cocktail, since my flight back to London was later on the same day.
Overall, it was a brilliant holiday and probably two of the BEST weeks of my life!!!! Next year is definitely on!!!!!!! :)