Today we woke up to sunny skies and went to eat breakfast the usual with a chocolate croissants and an espresso. We ran to school per usual, trying not to be late (again). As soon as we arrived, we were greeted with more coffee, and went to our first grammar class. After the class with our wonderful teacher, Paqui, we switched to our communication class which was fun as we talked about our plans for the day and played a fun heads up game packed with vocabulary. We later went home and ate a soup with chicken, and potatoes with cheese for Lexi. We later looked to buy things for our family and friends at the typical shopping plazas. We excitedly headed off to our next excursion where we competed to take the best photos with graffiti. We had to ask many people along the way for directions as we were distracted by the beauty of the town. After taking many artistic pictures, we happily headed home to get ready for the discoteca. There, we quickly got dressed and met at the plaza mayor and walked to the Camelot to dance for hours meeting nice people from other countries and talked about the differences in our cultures. Finally, we went to go eat Tapas which included bread with meat, potatoes and sauce and fish with bread or chicken with bread. Walking home with the group, we looked at the beautiful city and thought about what fun activities were planned for the next day. (Ps we might come home with matching face tattoos! Jajaj solo una broma.)
Hola! Day 8 already -- it feels like the time is passing more quickly. We are taking advantage of every hour, however! We gathered to watch a movie at the school. It was all in Spanish (of course) and was based on a true story of a Spanish teacher who goes looking for John Lennon in Spain during the early '70's. We adults could relate more to the movie, but the students did not really like it at all:) Then we walked as a group through the city to a cool car museum near the river. The sun was out & the light was beautiful as we mingled with the throngs of people of all ages from many parts of the world. It really is a joy to see the kids navigating through so much -- the stores, restaurants, crowds, & finding their way around the city & home again! The Plaza Mayor fills up every afternoon & evening with middle & high schoolers, babies & adults, gathering talk, stroll, have an ice cream, or just enjoy the evening air. The car museum featured cars from the last 100 years with standouts like a vehicle totally powered by solar panels, the Cadillac that drove General Franco around, and fantastic sports cars & racing motorcycles. We closed out the day with free time & dinner at home with families!
As usual, we spent 9am-1pm in class at Colegio Delibes. We then went home for lunch with our host mom and then spent a few hours of free time during siesta looking around at local mercados (markets) and zapaterías (shoe stores). In the afternoon, we returned to Colegio Delibes to view a movie called "Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados" (Living is easy with the eyes closed), which recounted the true story of an English professor who travels to interview John Lennon. After the movie, we went to a car museum to view automobiles from all different eras. After, we had a few hours of free time to walk across the bridge, talk to locals, and shop before returning home for dinner with our host family. ¡Qué tranquila!
Emma y Caroline
Maybe our best weather day so far, and one of the best overall in our 7 days here. Clear, sunny, & cool in the morning while in classes and warm & sunny for our excursions in the afternoon (sunblock, anyone?) We toured another landmark cathedral, but this time instead of a guided tour of the history & architecture as we strolled & listened, we got to climb narrow granite steps up & up to the clock tower of Salamanca's largest & oldest cathedral! It was definitely worth the workout! Fantastic vistas of the city & beyond as well as interesting history & stories of this ancient cathedral.