So it took me about a month to get adjusted here. I didnt think I would have an issue with the language since I am fluent in Spanish but between the accent and the slang I was really struggling to understand them at times. It also took some time to adjust to taking all my classes in Spanish after learning all the technical stuff in English. It was especially frustrating when the first week of classes one of the professors was just reviewing everything I had learned in Circuits 2 at ASU yet I had no idea what she was talking about. (Reference for those of you that were in my classes at ASU) It reminded me of that one day back in Calc1 with Dr. Zhu where we couldnt understand that he was saying the 'denominator' or something silly like that but which completely threw us off track OR in Circuits1 trying to understand that the professor was saying the angle Theta or saying Bode Plot...haha good times.
A couple of differences between my PuertoRican Spanish and Spain Spanish:
I would say: celular - They say: movil
computadora - ordenador
guiar - conducir
carro - coche
and so on... it seems silly but I definitely get the look of : What the hell are you talking about?, when I dont say it the right way. Hopefully by the time I go back to the PR I will be speaking with a Spanish accent! I love how they speak Spanish here.
I still havent gotten used to the eating times - Lunch at 2pm and Dinner at 9pm :( I get hungry everyday at about 12:30pm and 7pm so I've started bringing cookies to the lab for everyone for a noonish snack! No one complains ofcourse. :)
I havent had an issue adjusting to the party times though HAHA. No one goes out till about 12:30 - 1am and are out till about 3am on weekdays and 6 or 7am on weekends. One of the traditions is to stay out till about 5:30am, which is when the bakerys or such open, and then go eat some churros and chocolat!
Anyways, Here are a couple of pictures of where I live and work:
|Entrance to the dorm|
The lab where I work at:
This last pic was taken after I got back from class at 8pm so no one was there but usually there are about 5 of us working there.
Nivola is the only bar in the area and Wednesdays are the big party nights, dont ask why. No one really goes into the bar till after all the drinks they have brought with them are gone or its too cold out. Usually everyone stays outside 'haciendo botellon' which basically consists of drinking Calimocho (wine and coke) outside the bar. Calimocho might not sound too good but its actually not that bad OR maybe you just end up getting used to it. I havent taken my camera with me when we hang out but ill try to bring it next time so that I can include a couple of pics of all the people I have met as well!
I have started training for the Madrid Marathon on April 17th! The problem is that the gym at the dorm doesnt have a treadmill, WTF, and its starting to get REALLY cold out... so we'll see how the training goes. For now, as long as the sun is still out its okay to run outside.
I havent traveled much around Spain but from Sept 25th to Sept 27th I flew to Barcelona with a couple other Fulbrighters for the Barcelona La Merce Festival 2010. Here are a couple of Pics:
|View of Barcelona from the plane.|
|The architecture of the church included a unicorn, a cow, an elephant... .|
|'Barcelona was settled by the Romans under the name of Barcino'|
|In the pic is Anna from Barcelona. She gave me a place to stay during my time there. She is the sweetest girl I have ever met! She gave us a tour around Barcelona and showed us all the good, not touristy, places. We went wine tasting Saturday. In the pic Anna is in front of a poster of the wine from her hometown.|
|At the Barcelona Pier|
|Fire Run (Correfoc)|
|Human Pyramide in Plaza Jaume. IMPRESSIVE!|
|Tapas with Anna and a couple other Fulbrighters!|
On October 9th and 10th I went to the the Biggest Medieval Festival in Spain (Some websites claim its the biggest of Europe). The desserts were Fantastic! Everything else was just way over priced :( For some reason my pics from the festival dont want to load so maybe ill post them next time.
I really havent been taking very many pics but now that I have actually started writting the Blog Ill try to take more and keep everyone posted.
Postcards will finally be going out Tomorrow! for all of you that gave me your address. If I didnt get your address, send it soon!
All for now. Ciao