*This blog post was written when I studied abroad in Granada in 2009. Though it is certainly not up to the quality of the articles I currently write, I didn’t want to lose the humble beginnings of this blog (at the time called European Escapades). Bear this in mind, and check back, as I plan to write more informative posts with photographs about many of the places I visited while studying abroad.*
Hello, I can’t believe it’s been 4 days since I last posted, time passes so strangely here. It feels like I’ve been here for ever but it has only been a week! Anyway, here is an update of the past few days.
Wednesday was another day of orientation class. We did vocab and visited a market, came home for lunch, and might have had to go back later for more class, I can’t remember. Anyway, I finally got a phone Wednesday which it is so nice to finally have so I can actually contact people. Later on some IES helper people (Alba and María) took a group of us out to tapas bars. Heather’s friend from school/Jumpstart, Jeremy was going to meet up with us as he is traveling around Spain and Heather is in Granada! He brought a friend he had met in a hostel in Valencia named Caro. She is from Germany and is really awesome! So we hung out with them for a while and had tapas and eventually went home to bed.
Thursday we had class again in the morning, went home for lunch and then later around 7 we had to go back to school to take the writing and multiple choice sections of out placement test. After that Kerry, Heather and I met up with Jeremy and Caro again and went to dinner at this little restaurant. Kerry left and then the 4 of us met up with Frank and ended up at a bar called La Riviera. We had SUCH a good time there exchanging stories, reading aloud from “Alberto’s Nasty Dictionary” and watching Frank get wasted off of 2 beers. Sarah forgot her keys and ended up meeting up with us and we walked home together.
Yesterday was Friday, the last day of Orientation! We only had class until 12:30 because for the rest of the day the professors were doing the oral part of the placement exams. I went home to relax for a bit, had lunch, and eventually went back to the center for my 6:30 speaking test. It went alright, but I was kind of nervous and a little late since i have to hobble everywhere on my wounded feet (which I explained to my examiner). I couldn’t think of some words and he talked a bit fast, but overall it was fine because I got placed into Advanced II or Spanish 377 here. I think there are 4 or 5 advanced level classes so I’m in the middle/ closer to the bottom which is totally fine with me cause I don’t want to be struggling. Anyway, after the placement test Heather, Jeremy, Caro, Kerry and I went to El Albaycín to this restaurant to see a flamenco dinner show. It was SO awesome and now I’m realllyyyy excited for my flamenco class! After that we got a couple drinks and went to get Frank to head over to this music festival in Zadín, a neighborhood across the city, past the river. It took at least 40 mins to walk there and after wandering a while we finally found it and it was AWESOMEEEEE. at first we thought it was just this carnival. There was carnival food and rides and beer tents with music playing and we were all having a greattttt time. We joined in on a spanish dance that was semi-like the cha cha slide and hilarity ensued. We continued on down the street and ended up seeing this hugeee crowd of people standing around. We didn’t really know what was going on so we stood around with everyone and eventually we saw in the distance a huge stage. Eventually the gates opened and a crowd flooded into this huge concert. The band was Los Delinqüentes and they were really good and it was sooooo much fun. The concert started around 1am and ended around 2:30. It was such an awesome time. On the way home Herbie and Jeremy played an entertaining game of Would You Rather… and eventually I got home around 4:45ish and went to sleep around 5:30.
I woke up today at 12:45 and showered. then Amalia told Sarah and I that she was going to the hospital because she was sick and that we could make ourselves lunch. It is really scary and we feel like such assholes because we don’t even know how to really ask what is going on. So we ended up making grilled cheese and now were just sitting around and waiting I guess. eek!
I’m watching Bob Espónga (aka sponge bob) and it’s the house party episode. woo! Alright, more to come soon amigos.