This is based off of my favorite Spanish book, and it takes place in Spain, and tells the story about a girl named Christie, who is 14 and very poor, with a widowed mother and four brothers (not sure) and receives from her older brother this ugly ugly jacket, and to avoid being mocked at school, she lies that it was given to her uncle from the set of filming Indiana jones. Christie's lie soon gets caught by the teacher, who forces her to call out the lie in front of her whole class. At the same time, a new student named Georges, who is 17, is being introduced to their class. The teacher asks Georges to say what he thinks of the matter, and he thinks she is very creative and that it is unfair that she is being punished for trying to avoid mockery and bullying. Georges travels a lot, and I think he is either American or British, I do not remember. He has polio in one of his legs and requires a cane and a bigger platform on one shoe. A friendship blossoms between the two until Christie cries and runs out on him the day before winter break (I don't know if that is correct) because she feels sorry and ashamed for his condition, and it is all she can think about when she reads his dedication on a book he has gifted her. Then she goes to Biarritz for the break (I do not know where that is) and her brother stays under the pretext of becoming a chef. Christie soon finds out she has Hepatitis B, and must lay in bed for three months. Here she exchanges letters with all her loved ones, in which her brother reveals that he is lying to his mother and is being treated horribly as an employee in a restaurant, not at all a chef, and one from Georges which I don't really remember but he is leaving to Italy (not 100% sure). Three months later she wakes up and looks at herself in the mirror and is happy to see herself skinny but then feels sad because she looks yellow and "Asian"(not trying to be offensive just summarizing the book). She receives a green tshirt of her own from her mother and is elated about this. Then she finds out her mother is marrying the principal and now things get foggy and all I remember is receiving cabbages near the beach(??) the end.
The Monument to the Encierro was a must-see for us since we weren't in Pamplona for the running of the bulls. The cast bronze sculpture by Rafael Huerta is a fitting hommage to the excitement and danger of the spectacle that is the running of the bulls.
After the monkey ordeal I went down to the beach. Things got even stranger. From my viewpoint above the shore, I could see a mix of locals and native Africans fighting. The Africans were using blowup boats to make their escape to Spain and the Moroccans were trying to stop them. I watched about 10 boats leave the coast of Tangier. One returned, collapsed due to the weight of seven people in a play boat and another man’s plastic ore snapped seconds after entering the water. For some reason, amongst all this, I stayed on the beach. Over the course of an hour or so, Africans ran over the hill in large groups and launched their means of escape. Some where captured, and many spoke to me, asking where I’m from, telling me I’m a “sexy lady” (I appreciate) and I found most of them were from Senegal and Cameroon. Suddenly we were surrounded by police, they ran over the hill in the masses carrying batons and began chasing the Africans. The Africans ran to the bushes to hide and others ran for their lives. As I turned around I saw a man on the ground and a police officer tell two other officers to stay with him while he ran off. When they tried to move the man, he was behaving like a mad man. I was confused, was he mad to begin with? The life guards came and took him from the hands of the police. It calmed down, and I left. When I got to the parking lot I found the mad man with some lifesavers. They told me his leg is broken. We waited for the ambulance as I stared into the reddened eyes of this young man.
How surreal it is to watch first hand, refugees bravely flee the continent they once called home..
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