No importa si es muy tonto, yo soy así

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

I have 9 days left in Alicante.  I'm ready.  I've had the time of my life, but really, I can't keep on living like this.  Did I really used to sleep 8 hours at night?  Is 3 hours at night plus a siesta not normal?  Did I used to have more than 20 minutes of homework some days?  What was my life like before piropos?  These days when I walk down the street and nobody yells, "oye, rubia" or "estoy enamorado de ti," I take a good look in the mirror because something is obviously wrong.

I thought that by this point in the semester, I would be thinking about how much I'll miss Alicante, but really, while I loved it here,  I'm thinking a lot about what I'm excited for back in Tulsa and Colorado.

I have my first 10 meals planned for when I get back to Tulsa and then another 5 for when I get to Colorado.  Lately, all I think about is the food back home.  Spanish food disappoints.  I've gained weight though.    

Tulsa has free printing.  Vending machines there give me real food for fake money.  Do I really only have one year left of these luxuries?

The other day I was in the kitchen and I heard something on the news that interested me.  That's right, I HEARD something.  When I first got here, I had to really be paying attention to things in order understand.  Even then, I generally had to have some sort of idea of the context.  The news was always easier because there are generally pictures or captions written at the bottom of the screen.  This time I wasn't really paying attention and I wasn't looking at the screen.  Also, sometimes I'm in my room and I hear a dubbed movie on tv and I can figure out which movie it is just by listening.  

 Really, I think that my Spanish is at least as good as I thought it would be by now.  The problem is that it's very Spain specific.  Not the end of the world, people will just know that I studied in Spain, but there are some mistakes that you don't want to make.  The word that they use in Spain for to grab or to take (take a bus) is basically the f word in much of Latin America.  I definitely will not want to say "cogí el autobús" to somebody from Mexico.  (You did what to the bus????)

The story that got my attention on the news was that Spain is having a baby boom.  Guess what?  They won the world cup around 9 months ago.  They showed a few interviews with very pregnant women and they all said things like, "oh yeah.  This was world cup celebration."  In general, there is a much more casual attitude about sex here, talking about it at least.  And PDA!!!  Not abnormal to see couples making out the grass on campus in between class.  In my conversation class, our teacher told us that Americans are considered to be very prudish.  

I'm now listening to Spanish music exclusively (except in the bars.  They play American music mostly).  I love La Oreja de Van Gogh! Pretty voice and understandable Spanish.  That's where it's at.                

I'm basically done with homework for the semester.  Our "big" paper was reduced from 6 pages to 3 pages minimum.  I had already done 7.  That'll teach me!!  Strict procrastination policy from now on.  

Not sure if anything worth blogging about will happen between now and when I leave for Paris.  Not that I'll want to be blogging anyways as the next 8 days are supposed to have beach weather!!  Enjoy this little break before the marathon of my trip around Europe.        
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Maria Puhl on

I always miss piropos every time I come back from Chile.... but, just like you, I'm also ready to come back.

I think it's hilarious that you have your first 10 meals planned as well - I always got off the plane DYING to have something with flavor (Chileans don't use any spices).

The baby boom thing is hilarious, although totally understandable.

And booo I don't want a break from your blogs :( Nah, just kidding, that's ok (no really, it's not.)

Maria Puhl on

I'm so bored with no new blogs. Just sayin'.

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