Aghh—where do I even begin?? It has only been four days and the adventure in Spain has been unreal. Quickly want to share a few of my most recent favorite experiences…
First off–my home stay family could not be better. Mi Madre en Espana is much like my mother back at home—warm and loving with youth vivid in her eyes ! She has four children (two are studying abroad)…&&her eldest daughter is a fashion designer. So, obviously we have quickly bonded over our love for peplum and haute couture fashion over our midday meals. She, like many in Spain, is a powerhouse who got her BA degree and masters in under five years and continues to work so very hard in her shop everyday !
One thing the Spaniards do is eat together as a family every day…no matter what ! But the meal time is completely different–the main being midday, around 2:30. I have classes from 9:30-1:50 and then am home around 2:30 for our meal, chit-chat & siesta. Mi Madre Espana is currently takes classes de ingles (English) and we struggle to communicate—going back in forth to the little we know in each other language–but it makes for great practice and we mange to get by just fine !
Today was my first day of classes–beginning with three hours of language and then an hour of culture class….EVERYTHING is in Spanish…so I am learning a lot. Both professors are young && animated. The first word my culture Prof. “Nacho” taught us today was: joder—to fuck and/or to piss about.
I have been extremely lost in the city a number of times (directions were never my strong suit) and last night post tapas post tapas it took me and my poor amigo about an hour to find my hidden little street…just circling the same plaza over and over…! But its all part of the adventure and we have been happy in every moment.
Off to sleep—more to come on the language & culture classes, the clothes, the food, the vino, the people, the everything—all are entirely beyond any expectation ….
&& then this happened…
I. Cant. Wait !!!!!