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My secret to getting a good night’s rest and waking up feeling energized is to drink 2 5-hour Energies right before you go to bed and then sleep for 9 hours. Then, you wake up, and you got an hour of energy left!
If there was a good ‘ol boy class in college I’d have an ‘A’. Fishin’ test, A! Beer-drinkin’ quiz, A+! Truck drivin’ final, A++!
The Beach Boys
The Grateful Dead
I am extremely proud about this invention.
1) it looks cool
2) How many times have you messed with the salad dressing bottles to fit into the refrigerator door shelf.
The city of Valencia has an amazing Arts & Sciences district. The most incredible sight I’ve seen yet.
This week is the festival of Las Hogueras de San Juan. The mood is electric. Every night a different barrio burns one of these massive creations. Tonight we’ll burn the one from mi propia barrio!
Mi madre eating her favorite dessert: helado on a sweet roll thing. Still not really sure what it is.
I don’t really have time to blog recently. Here’s a video of the Espana v. Croatia game which was absolutely insane!
I was going to go out to the barrio tonight, pero tengo mucho sueno y no he hacido nunca tiempo responder a mis correos.
First, I have decided to use the hundred other people in my group with cameras to take pictures of things and just steal them from Facebook (“Fase uh buuuuuk” en espanol). Most pictures haven’t been uploaded yet, so I don’t really have any right now.
I’ve slept maybe 5 fitful hours each night since I left 5 days ago, I’ll tell you why starting with the beginning. Voy a ser breve porque no quiero contar todas las detalles.
Primero, I had an easy trip over here. Highlights being sitting next to a beautiful Colombian woman who brought her chihuahua “Pepe” on the flight….somehow. Then I took a train from Madrid to Alicante. I had to take the later train than desired so I got to the CIEE meeting just in time to be sleep deprived and smell bad and meet everyone.
There are 25 students from all over the US. 6 guys, el resto chicas. I really like this group, and I quickly learned everyone’s names.
We did some orientation stuff for the first day, and then met our families.
Mi madre se llama “Isabella”, y ella no habla nunca ingles. Hemos tenido que trabajar mucho a entender al principio pero he aprendido muchissimo este semana y hoy, durante de la cena, hablamos de cosas como nuestros creencias, lenguaje, y otras cosas que no son concretas.
My ability to understand and speak spanish has leaped way beyond where I have ever been. There’s something about being surrounded by spanish ~16/7 and being in situations where the only way to communicate is in spanish that has made my comprehension so much better. I have learned and incorporated into regular speech about 1 word an hour (~16 hours of exposure cada dia). Most other students in my group have told me that I’m really good at spanish, but they’ll soon realize I really use proper grammar. I’m just really good at communicating, no mas.
Things I have done (this is partly for me in 10 years when I have forgotten everything and just need a memory jumpstart):
Nuestro equipo, Hercules, empata con ?????? - juego de futbol muy divertido
La noche con estudiantes locales cuando hablamos por dos horas en Spanglish (“espangleesh”) sobre estereotipos, cultura, y bromas.
Hablando con cada persona en nuestro grupo por mucho tiempo, para conocerlos mejor.
Escalando la Castilla.
Nuestro primer tiempo a la playa.
Mi exito y fracaso con dirreciones, y tambien donde debo coger y bajar el autobus.
Las cervezas muy baratas.
La mente de conservacion que tienen los espanoles.
Mi cuarto es so freaking hot it’s unbelievable que estos espanoles no tienen airecondicionarios especialmente durante del verano. Cada noche yo muerto del calor. Es horrible.
Hopefully, I’ll take some time in the future to elaborate on things. Am I still in the ‘honeymoon phase’ of this study abroad?
Also, this is the first time I’ve ever typed more than a couple sentences in Spanish and haven’t checked or translated anything with Google Translate.