Hola Todos! I am finally writing to update you about my second tenure in Spain. I have now been back in Granada for three weeks. I arrived here on the morning of February 5th. All of my flights went very smoothly with one exception – my luggage did not meet me in Granada. So I filled out some forms and went to my apartment a little light-handed. Fortunately, my suitcase was delivered to my apartment the next day. I am living in the same apartment that I lived in in the fall, but I have three new roommates this semester: Rob from Boston, Ayoko from Japan, and Petra from Czech Republic. They are all very nice people, and so far they have been good roommates. Ayoko does not speak much English and I don’t speak much Japanese so we must communicate in Spanish, which is actually a good thing because it makes for good practice for both of us. The other two both speak English, so I don’t speak much Spanish with them. Some of my friends from the fall are still here, but most have returned home. I have been hanging with Oli (my friend from Scotland) quite a bit. I have found another group of friends to play soccer with, which has definitely been good. And also, my friend Lilly who I visited in Berlin in November is now studying here for the semester. And I have also made several new friends and met a lot of people from all over the world.
School so far this semester has been great! I am only taking 4 classes this time instead of 5 and each class is only 90 minutes because the semester is longer. So I have three hours per day Monday through Thursday, and the best part of all is NO class at 8:30 in the morning (my earliest start is 10:00 AM)! I am taking a course on the history of Spain in the 20th century, a course on the civilization and culture of hispanoamerica, and two Spanish language courses. My teachers are all good and I’m learning a lot in my classes. My Spanish has improved a lot. I feel like I am very close to becoming fluent in the language, which is exciting for me.
Now to the fun stuff:
My first weekend back in town, my friend Oli invited me to come with him to Cadiz. I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into at the time. He told me that there was a Carnaval party in Cadiz and a bunch of buses were leaving from Granada, and we had to find costumes to wear before we went. He also informed me that we would not be sleeping anywhere that night because the buses were leaving Cadiz at 7:00 AM the next morning. I was a bit skeptical, but I went with him to the costume store and found a pretty good cheap wizard costume, complete with white wig and beard. (more…)