On Sunday I went with Trevor a fellow exchange student in my area to go see the hogueras in Alicante, it's basically like las fallas in Valencia but closer to us. They make a whole bunch of sculptures and light them on fire. Except the tradition for others is to go to the beach and make a bonfire and have a party there. There's a whole bunch of good luck traditions you're supposed to do like jump over the bonfire and jump three waves both at midnight and it gives you good luck and some type of purification.
I had been planning to go to the beach with my best friend and her family who I became close with and there we would meet up with a few other friends because our other friends were going to go to Santa Pola which is a bigger city. Lo and behold when I came to the beach I happened to find all of my friends there and they had thrown me a surprise going away party! It was amazing I will remember it forever. Not only did they throw me a party they gave me some gifts include an Elche jersey with my name on it, a Spanish flag, and numerous photos and slideshows from everyone, among other gifts.
However I decided two more times that I didn't want to say goodbye so the following days included a dinner and a trip to the beach. Starting Wednesday I would have pretty much a goodbye every hour. After a long day of hard goodbyes I came home to yet another surprise going away party thrown by my family for our family friends. Also invited were my two closest friends in Spain. They actually ended up staying the night in Spain and helping me pack on my long last night in Spain.
I have no words to say how grateful I am for everyone who has made my year in Spain as amazing as it has been. Every day since I've been home I've missed them so much. La unica cosa que puedo decir a vosotros es que os echo de menos y os quiero muchismo, muchas gracias a todos!