When I left the library the sun was high in the sky and not a cloud could be seen. It was a perfect day for the pool. I was planning on doing laps but when I arrived a group was gathered under the gazebo, waiting for the Water Aerobics instructor
. When he arrived I explained to him that I hadn't paid for the class, but would like to take part if possible. He was very welcoming and thrilled that I was interested, first session on the house. I was the only one close to my age and even though I expected other students my age to take part in the class, on a college campus, it was all people in their forties and fifties. They also surprised me with what they were wearing. It was more like a scene from a french beach. Men in speedos and women in minimal coverage bikinis. When we got in, the water was freezing! Despite our constant movement I was still shivering and glad to dry off in in the sun. I had forgotten a towel which extended my time in the sun and started my sunburn. I was happy to walk home in the warm weather but was feeling my shoulders and face heat up quickly. I stopped by Exito to get some sunscreen before things got too bad.
Walking home is always different because I notice new things. I am surprised by all the various enterprises they are able to get into each building. There is a Chinese restaurant next to a clock shop, a pet shop next to a church, a hamburger joint next to a jewelry store, a mechanic's place next to a lingerie store, and a magic shop next to an orthodontist office. All the variety can make your head spin. One of my favorite parts of the walk home is the Square where all over are old men playing card games, dominos, or showing off their new cane. They all smile and nod politely as if it is acceptable that you are crossing their yard
. The park closer to my house is full of kids running around and I like that just as much, they both provide two different types of energy. Today's walk took an hour since I was lazily strolling along. Mami and Tati have gone to fix Tati's computer, leaving me with Isabella. It's too bad she is so mean or maybe I wouldn't mind being alone with her. Every word I say she corrects me on, even if I'm pronouncing it correctly. There are times when she is nice and we have a good time, but mostly she likes it more when I'm frustrated.
Tonight I have plenty of homework to get done for my French and Chinese courses and plan on making more helpful diagrams to put on my wall. I have a few pictures up from my loved one's back home, giving my room a very cozy feel. Yesterday I finally received my birthday present from my wonderful neighbors, after they sent it three weeks ago. When I received the call from the door man, telling me I had a package, I was like a child on Christmas and instantly sprinted down the stairs. I now have a beautiful pair of birthday earrings! Thank you! The mail is slow here, but when I send my letters off tomorrow there is a chance that they will arrive sooner than my letters. We shall see!
Since our test had postponed until today I had some extra time to study and even crammed in a few minutes on the bus. Today Bailing was not in class and so it was just Jim and I. I felt sorry for him, being tested on something he hasn't learned yet and I was glad I entered class the day I did. With Jim and Carlos (the teacher) it becomes hard to focus. They find most everything hilarious and the mixture of their two laughs echos all the way down the hall. My eyes get wide every time they have another go. However, class is still productive and I now feel confident with impersonal and personal pronouns. I create my own system of identifying the different parts of the sentence and labeling them; Who is doing the action?, What is the action?, Who is receiving the action?, and so on.