June 15, 2008
Well, I’ve been traveling for almost a week now, and this is the first opportunity I have had to spend some time on the internet other than using the international blackberry for email. Not that I’m complaining! Although I think internet is a wonderful way to keep in touch and feel closer to family and friends, I also feel that it sometimes can hinder a traveling experience. Like when you spend two hours walking around Madrid, not to enjoy the city and experience all it has to offer, but to search for a café that houses wifi, to take the metro to where you’ve been instructed will have wireless and be open until 1am only to arrive and find out that it closes in 20 minutes.
So this was the beginning of my trip- Getting over jet lag and searching, unsuccessfully, for cheap wireless in order to sit and do some work.
I am surprised at how hard the jetlag has been for me this time. I woke up both Thursday and Friday morning with a terrible, what I have started to call “lack of sleep hangover”. My head was pounding, the lights were too bright and I had no desire to eat. Me, who is used to international travel, having a hard time adjusting? I don’t get it!
So the kids arrived safely Friday morning. 45 aged 15-17 yr old students, tired from travel but eager to see Spain. One immediately had his backpack stolen, in front of the hotel! So, I spent the first 2 hours of their arrival taking the kid to the police station and the US Embassy. It was an experience that I hope to not repeat with the next group.
Saturday morning, the groups all went their separate ways. One down to Cadiz, via Sevilla, and the rest of us to Segovia, but as two separate groups. I’m with 13 kids, who so far seem to be pretty harmless. This afternoon I gave my lecture about no drinking and breaking rules, so we’ll see how far that goes.
I have chosen to live with a host family this year, which is kind of scary! I am not at all confident with my Spanish, so living with natives makes me nervous! But, I’ve made it through the first day. My Senora, Esther, is so great! She LOVES to talk, and apart from the Castellan accent, I can understand most of everything she says and get my point across to her pretty well. Living with her will be good practice for me. We’ve already discovered a mutual love for Helado’s and Gelatos, so I know we will get a long great :) Oh, and did I mention she has a piano?! So I can continue practicing throughout the summer! My piano teacher will be so excited to hear this!
Time to rest up, tomorrow is the first day of school!