Category: El monasterio de la rabia

Make the most of every opportunity :)

It’s been rather anticlimactic being here so far. Here I am in probably the most beautiful city I’ve ever been to in my entire life, doing something I’ve wanted to do for my entire life…but there’s something missing. Maybe it’s because I’ve been hanging out with American students all the time so far. Today (Saturday) we went to an old monastery dedicated to Christopher Columbus, and then a museum of sorts, with replicas of the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria, as well as a small replica of what a typical village that he conquered might have looked like. Check back here tomorrow and I’ll have a link for pictures. Afterwards we went to the beach for a few hours. That was fun, although I’m not a huge fan of beaches. But I was very careful and put sunscreen on not once, but twice! Mom and Lindsey and Rachel and all of the other people who work so hard to make me take care of myself would have been proud :). I also had a very interesting conversation with one of the students, Augustine. He’s an ex-catholic who is now an avowed atheist. We had quite a stimulating conversation about God, religion, evolution, science, and quite a few other things.

So anyway, like I said, today was fun, but something was missing. I think I’m missing the challenge of talking in Spanish. As much as I dreaded it, I also rather looked forward to it. That is, after all, one of the major reasons why I’m here in the first place. Classes start on Monday. We’ll get the results of our placement test back, finally get our finalized schedule, and also sign a Spanish-only contract. This contract says that students will only speak Spanish when on any CC-CS event, including classes and optional leisure activities, with both professors and students alike. I’m looking forward to that. So far, Spain has just felt like a vacation with a bunch of people I don’t know. A very lovely vacation with lots of wonderful sights and foods, but simply a vacation nonetheless.

Yep, it’s definitely the Spanish that I’m missing. My host mom, Sarah, just got back. She and her husband, Pedro, had gone to Ikea because they were bored. Anyway, we had a nice conversation in Spanish about our respective trips. It was lovely. It’s taking me a lot less time to get used to living with a Spanish family than it did in Costa Rica. Of course that could be because my parents are freaking AWESOME. They’re really, really nice, muy simpaticos (I’ll probably start throwing in Spanish words every now and then, so y’all will have to be on your toes :]).

Anyway, that’s enough for now. Since you can’t read these as I type them one at a time, I don’t want to overload you with too much Seville all at once. Besides, it’s almost dinnertime (it’s 9:30…they eat so late here!!!), and then I’m off to bed. A bunch of the students are going out at 11, but I’m an old fart and would rather sleep, lol. Tomorrow I’m going to do some exploring. I need to find an internet café, and I want to visit Jon’s park, plus I think I may also find a lead on a good place to get a panoramic view of the city :). I’m also going to try to go to mass (everyone’s Catholic here), and start planning my Eurpor-jetting adventures! We have several 4-day weekends, and I want to make sure I don’t let them slip by me! I think I’m going to Morocco on one of them, but I really also want to make it to Paris and Venice. Some of the students and I were talking today about renting a car and driving around Spain and Southern France or Northern Italy on some of our 3-day weekends. With 4 or 5 of us splitting the bill, it’d be really cheap; plus, I’m one of the only students who can drive stick-shift, so that pretty much automatically guarantees me a spot :). Regardless of all of the tears, thank you, Dad, for teaching me how to drive a manual! I appreciate it bastante!! 😀 OK, me voy, hasta pronto! Sending my love to all,

~Lauren