Alhambra Adventure

imageOur merry band set forth one morning to  explore the Alhambra – an ancient web of palaces and fortresses built by the medieval kings of Granada from the 9th through the 14th century. Our tour guide showered us with competent details that unfortunately lacked the spellbinding quality of enchanting tales of love, war and chivalry. Alas for both teens and grownups it proved too much information to digest beneath the gloomy canopy and cold drizzle. Instead the boys made their own fun taking selfies amidst hand-crafted mosaics and geometric tiles, fountains carved from marble, open air courtyards and shivering gardens.

Don’t get me wrong, the spectacular Alhambra is an artistic-historical icon that should not be missed during a visit to Granada. It is a surviving testament of the Moors period through the last Islamic kingdom of Spain when the city of Granada was finally conquered by the Catholic monarchs Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand at the end of the 15th century.

I’m travel blogging from February 14-23 here on Mommy Musings and on the Democrat and Chronicle Moms blog. I’ll also share photos and videos on Facebook and Twitter.

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Traveling with teenage boys

 

traveling with teens – Kristine Bruneau

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traveling with five teenage boys to Granada, Spain proved easier than I thought. If you don’t count one pair of broken headphones (a casualty of a mini soccer game in the Philadelphia airport), one iPhone thought to be lost sometime during our four hour layover in Philadelphia, but mercifully discovered in a backpack somewhere over the Atlantic, and a another iPhone casually left in a seat pocket on our Madrid flight (thankfully reunited with its owner before departing for Granada) then 24 hours of air travel with teenagers was kind of, well, boring.

Despite the damp chill of our Valentine’s Day arrival in Granada, Spain, a crowd had gathered to welcome us with  hugs and kisses, customary of the warm and friendly nature of Spaniards.

Although no one in my traveling party speaks even close to fluent Spanish, it didn’t matter. Most of our hosts spoke very good English. Our five boys know enough to get what they need because food and futbol is universal. As the boys departed with their host familes to get to know them, Rob, Lara, Tim and I left with our friend Antonio to enjoy dinner at his house. Antonio’s wife Maca made us a delicious homemade moussaka followed by a light and flaky apple pie. It felt like home.

Meet the boys
Adam Black, 15, Grade 10, Pittsford Mendon High School, Pittsford
“Though soccer isn’t his passion – he enjoys it, plays it, and uses sports (basketball, soccer, paintball) as a way to engage with other people. It’s a catalyst that connects him to others.”

Noah Black, 13, Grade 7, Barker Road Middle School, Pittsford
“Noah is hungry for the idea to see the best in the world and where everyone can play from two to ninety years old. He wants the opportunity to be the best he can be.”

–  Lara Black, 46, mom, chauffeur, and cook

James Bruneau, 13, Grade 7, Bay Trail Middle School, Penfield
“James believes he belongs with others who ‘get him’ and his passion for soccer. He’s curious about fanatical soccer cultures and likes to connect with anyone who shares his passion for soccer.” – Rob Bruneau, 49, financial analyst

Aidan Cady, 13, Grade 7, East Rochester Mid/High School, East Rochester
“Aidan’s interest in the culture of soccer extends to other countries because soccer is a bigger part of people’s lives around the globe rather than here in America. He can easily identify with others who share his passion for soccer.”  – Michaela Cady, 34, stay-at-home mom

Ty Wilkes, 12, Grade 7, Barker Road Middle School, Pittsford
“Since Ty discovered European soccer around age 9, he has learned more about different clubs, leagues, players, and coaches all over the world than most adults. His interest in history and the sport has led him to his curiosity about the culture of the sport.” – Tim Wilkes, 49, Photographer/Owner, Tim Wilkes Photography

I will be travel blogging here on Mommy Musings and on the Democrat and Chronicle Moms blog from February 14 – 23. Check out more photos and videos on Facebook and Twitter.

This is my best work today. Thanks for reading. If you like this post, please feel free to share it with your friends or send me a comment. You can also post a comment on my blog or Facebook, or tweet me @kristinebruneau.

 

 

Come along with me to Granada, Spain

MU v RM Michigan

MU v RM MichiganLife is about opportunities. The opportunity to travel to a foreign land is alluring for anyone who is curious about culture, but for five teenage boys who want to explore the culture of fútbol (soccer) in Spain – it is everything.

Come along with me as I blog about my adventures with James, Rob, and four local families who will call Granada, Spain home from February 14 – 23. Our boys will stay with host families and practice with the Granada youth academy team, while the parents will explore all this wonderful Andalusian community nestled at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains has to offer. From Tapas to Flamenco dancing, to soccer – better known throughout Europe as fútbol – we’ll live, laugh and play.

I’ll post here on Mommy Musings and on the Democrat and Chronicle Moms blog. I’ll also share photos and videos on Facebook and Twitter.

What do you think?

This is my best work today. Thanks for reading. If you like this post, please feel free to share it with your friends or send me a comment. You can also post a comment on my blog or Facebook, or tweet me @kristinebruneau.