Seville -- Host Family, Bull Fights, and Classes!

Trip Start May 14, 2006
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Trip End Aug 17, 2006


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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Hola!

I know that it has been a few days since my last post & for that I offer my apologies. So I'll catch you guys up on everything that has been going on here on this crazy trip...

Once we left Mertola, it signaled the end of our two week long tour through most of Spain & Portugal. We arrived in Seville, Spain on Saturday afternoon & we basically kicked to the curb. I'm rooming with three of my buddies that I've known for a few years now - Peter, Brian, & Josey. They're all really cool guys & we get along pretty well.

We are living the furthest away from campus in a part of the Old City of Seville called Triana I believe. We aren't very far from the river & evidently only a short walk to the major nigh-life hotspots. Stacey I know you just got back from spending a semester over here, so if you have any idea where I'm living or any cool spots around here....I'd appreciate any info...Thanks!

So I believe that the four of us really lucked out with our living arrangements. Our host mother's name is Trudy. She's a 53 year old divorced woman that is as nice as can be. We actually don't live with her though. The four of us actually have our own apartment right across the street from her. The apartment is nice & cozy...I'm really enjoying. Unfortunately, I haven't taken any pictures of it yet...but there will be some coming soon. So Saturday afternoon, Trudy helped the four of us get settled in & then we left with maps in hand & set out to figure out the public transportation system & just explore some of the city. We managed fairly well & made it back home for dinner..which was amazing. Though, it definitely isn't like mom's good `ole home-cooking.

Sunday morning we picked up where we left off Saturday and took more bus rides all over the city. We found one of the malls, the school, some neat shops, and a grocery store! I was able to buy TWO 2-liters of Coca-Cola for two euros...which is a heck of a lot better than paying FIVE euros for a single can in some of the restaurants. What a rip-off! We also picked up some flowers for Ms. Trudy to show her how thankful we are for her hospitality. After that, we came back to the house just in time for lunch (which so happens to be around 3:00 pm). Trudy eats lunch with us everyday & its quite entertaining because she doesn't speak a single word of English - but she doesn't baby us...she goes right ahead and speaks Spanish to us without skipping a beat. I'm basically the only one in the group that can manage to understand her & I'm proud of myself for that. I took four years of Spanish in middle school & high school and I thought that I had forgotten all of it. It's amazing how fast it'll come back to you. I'm by no means fluent, heck I can barely manage a few words, but I have a good memory & I'm able to piece together a lot of verbs - which allows to me to somewhat put together what she's saying....Though there have been times when I've been utterly wrong. Ha!
After our afternoon siesta, it was time for us to meet up with the rest of the group & attend my very first BULL FIGHT! Wow...I have no idea how to put that experience into words...Simply put - AMAZING! I have not had that much fun in quite some time. I know some of you think that it's quite barbaric....which yes - it can be seen that way...But if you know the whole history about the fights & you understand all that is going on in the ring (which is quite a lot actually) it is a really beautiful thing. In all there were six fights that night, with three different matadors (bull fighters). Harvey, I got quite a bit of it on video because I thought that you would like to watch it once I got back. I'll put it on a DVD for you! Check out my gallery for some pictures & possibly a short video clip.

So today was the first day of actual classes. It was kind of a bummer knowing that the tour is over & that it is now time to get back into the grind that I like to call a-r-c-h-i-t-e-c-t-u-r-e. However, when we got to school & started to hear about our project...I got really excited. I think it is going to be a fun project. Details will follow in the next few days.

That should pretty much get all of you guys caught up for the most part. Once again, I offer my apologies for slacking on this for the last couple of days. Things have just been really hectic. I'll do my best to stay on top of this though. I'm thinking about picking up a new book to start reading...so if any of you have any suggestions...I welcome them. Do NOT however recommend the DaVinci Code. Frankly, I'm tired of hearing about it....Though I do plan on going to see the movie. Haha.

Also, I would like to congratulate my sisters Sarah & Tanisha on graduating from high school this past weekend. I'm extremely proud of both of you & I'm soo sorry for not being able to attend. I'll make it up to you gals though!!!
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