Yesterday was for sure one of my most favorite activities! Ever since before we came to Spain I was looking forward to horseback riding, and was sad we had to wait until almost the end of the semester to go…but it was well worth the wait. I had the time of my life!! 🙂
First, yesterday was one of the busiest days ever. Matthew and I were gone from the house from 8am until about 9pm. I had class until 12:30, then went straight to volunteering at Ave Maria until 2:30. The children were great yesterday, and I am understanding more and more everyday I volunteer. I am getting really close with the children and they love it when I am there to play with them at gym time. Yesterday we got to play some volleyball. Overall, every time I go I notice changes. There was only some bickering here and there, but no one was fighting and everyone seemed to have a good day.
Right after volunteering, Matthew ended class at 2:30. We only had about 30-45 minutes to eat lunch, so instead of going home (which would take much longer) we told our host mom we would just get Pad Thai to eat at our favorite place. YUM! Then we were off to horseback riding!!! The ranch doesn’t have too many horses, so our SOL group was slip into four different groups. Two groups had already gone at the beginning of the week, and our group yesterday was just the five of us. We took a bus for about 45 minutes to the ranch. It was only about 20-30 minutes away, but with all the bus stops it seemed longer. I just fell in love right when I got there! Horses are my second favorite animal, after dogs. HAHA.
When we got there, one woman taught us about how to control the horse; right, left, stop, back, go, turn. Then, we got on our horses. My horse was a boy named Neo, so sweet and I absolutely loved him 🙂
The view was so amazing! We weren’t too high in the mountains, but towards the bottom. When we went up hills we could still see the whole city of Granada (we were just on the outskirts) and we could see all the snow in the mountains. I was blown away! It was just such a calming ride, and with this view I still get caught up all the time thinking I still can’t believe I am in Spain, having this opportunity to study and meet new people everyday. And getting to do fun stuff like this. So grateful for my family and anyone who made this possible for me.
We had leaders follow us and hold our horses with ropes because the first group had two people fall off on Monday because the only had a leader with them, so they wanted someone to be by the rest of the groups at all times. But, for about half the time, the guy that was by me let go of the ropes and I was able to control the horse by myself. I told him how much I loved horses and that it was my dream someday to have one of my own. This is something I could get used to every day 🙂
When we were finished and back at the ranch, I was talking to the owner about how much I loved horses and might want to come back with some other friends. She told me that on the weekends they have horse riding lessons and a lot of fun stuff. I think I am definitely going to email and get more information. If I can’t take the classes for any reason, maybe I can at least help out or volunteer with the horses. A lot of our friends have been traveling over the weekends, but Matthew and I normally just stay in Granada. Granada is a wonderful place, and I want to explore THIS city as much as I can. This might be a great opportunity, and a good chance to speak Spanish with locals as well 🙂