Week 2 of classes
Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
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In addition to my five academic classes, I am taking a rock climbing class and will be playing intramural basketball. I'm also in the conversation club, which should really help my spoken Spanish. The first climbing class was tonight. When I signed up for it, I didn't really think too much about the fact that it would be taught in Spanish. I now realize that this class will be like an additional Spanish class, and I might learn a little bit about climbing. Learning how to tie climbing knots seems like it would not be difficult, but when you can't understand a good part of the directions, it's a little more confusing. I am also the only American in this class, so I've been able to meet more Mexicans, which is a great thing since I've really been trying not to hang out with Americans.
On another completely unrelated note, my host family experience has been great so far. The Mexican food is delicious. Half the time I don't have a clue what I'm eating, but it is wonderful. Mexicans don't really seem to use specific words for meat. Every time I ask what something is, they just say "carne." In Mexico, there only seems to be chicken (pollo) and every other type of meat (carne). I guess it doesn't really matter. Also, my dinners are often in the company of several generations of my host family. Tonight, I ate with my host parents' granddaughter, son, daughter-in-law, and mother. That's four generations at one table. It's very interesting to me. These kind of dinners happen about two or three times a week. The way Mexican families interact is much different from what I am used to, and I am really enjoying the experience.
Well, that was a lot, but I figured I write down what I've been thinking about before I get too busy.