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02/09/2011

Time Flies When You're Having Fun!

Buenas noches!

So two days ago it was three weeks exactly since arriving in Alicante, but it merely feels like it has been a week since leaving America! I finally feel like I have settled into my dorm almost completely as well as getting used to the meals that they serve in la villa! We have decided that the food could be much worse, but at the same time are envious of the home cooked meals that are served in the home stay families! I choose to live in a dorm verses a home stay, which comes with its perks, as well as disadvantages. La Villa, which is located right next to the CIEE office, as well as walking distance to the campus is convenient for my 9 am Spanish class, which I have Monday-Friday. However, it is a hassle to have to take the bus every time you want to venture downtown or to la playa. Although, I did explore around San Vicente last week, and found many shops and stores that had random things, such as hangers, school supplies and laundry detergent, which helped cross a couple of things off of my “to get” list. Overall, I can’t complain with my decision to live in the dorms. My roommate is amazing, and she speaks English as well as Spanish. Which is convenient, yet a horrible thing at the same time, because you must put that much more effort into getting out of your “English speaking comfort zone” to practice your Spanish. But as Randy stated in his blog prior, you really do get what you put into this experience! Cliché right? But honestly, a true statement! You must practice, practice, and practice your Spanish more everyday to get better! There are so many options to practice your Spanish though, such as an intercambio. Which is a Spanish student that wishes to practice their English as well. Also, at the beginning of the program during orientation we met many wonderful and helpful Spanish student helpers, which were very patient with our “Spanglish.” Many of us have stayed in contact with the student helpers and meet up with them for coffee or to go downtown, which is also a wonderful way to practice your Spanish.

 

Well I feel like I have rambled on for a while now and need to get started on my homework…the first week of real classes started Monday and the reality of “school” is finally setting in!

Until next time,

Shelaine

 

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