¿Quién vive en la piña debajo del mar?

Trip Start Dec 17, 2010
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Trip End Apr 26, 2011


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Friday, January 14, 2011

Iīve now had one full week of class and one full Spanish weekend.  

This is the intensive language month, so I have 4 hours of language class every day.  Itīs a lot of time to stay focused, but I know itīs helping my Spanish so much.  At the beginning of last week, I was still trying to catch up on sleep, so I spent most of my time at home sleeping and watching tv.  A lot of the other people in my program went out every night, but Iīm glad I didnīt, because a bunch of people are getting sick now, and I think I dodged it.  

My host mom and I mostly watch dubbed American shows on tv.  Some of my favorites are Bob Esponja, El Principe Bel Air, and Los Simpson.  We have also watched a few movies, including Catch and Release, which made me so happy.  

 Occassionally I turned on the tv and couldnīt understand anything that anybody said.  I went into full panic because I thought my Spanish was getting worse, but it turns out that those shows were in Valenciano, the local dialect, which is actually quite different from Spanish.  The University of Alicante campus is completely bilingual, so Iīm picking up on some Valenciano.

I started going out at night on Wednesday.  If you know where to go, you can find a bar or discoteca thatīs hopping any night of the week.  On Wednesday, we went to a place called Concerto.  On Thursday, Concerto was dead, so we walked around the barrio going wherever the music sounded best.  The Americans definitely seem to want to dance a lot more than the Spanish, but there were so many of us traveling together, that we could start a trend wherever we went.  

My first Spanish weekend was quite an experience.  Getting ready to go out Spanish style reminded me of prom.  The bars have dress codes for weekend nights and everybody really dresses up.  

On Friday, we literally stayed out until it was no longer dangerous to walk home alone.  We went to one of the discotecas near the beach and danced until 7 am.  Then we partook of the traditional morning after food of the Spanish, churros y chocolate.  We tried to watch the sunrise, but Saturday was the first cloudy day weīve had since we got here.  Finally, we went to bed at 8:30 to get ready to do it all again.

Saturday night we turned in early (5 am).  I dropped my camera in a toilet, so now Iīm in Europe without a camera.  (Early b-day present anyone?)  

On Sunday afternoon my host motherīs daughter and her family came over for lunch.  Turns out that my host mom used to have a restaurant and thatīs why I canīt stop eating.  The food is so good.  

This weekend, the program is taking us all to Valencia.  Maybe my camera will resurrect by then.  If nothing else, I will be able to have Starbucks, which I miss way more than I thought I would.      
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David A. on

Man this sounds like such an amazing time! Thanks for keeping us posted. It is a great read.

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