It is the start of week 2 and today was my first day of school!! I have been very excited for today and it did not disappoint. It is now 10 at night and this is the first time I have sat down and relaxed all day which is quite the change from last week where I sat around and did nothing until 5 at night. The busyness will take a few days to get used to I am sure but I am not complaining. I love being busy. And I am very happy!! School starts everyday at 9:30 and goes until 1:30. I arrived 10 minutes late today because my metro train was late (of course it wasn’t my fault! I have the metro on lock! ;)) I love riding the metro. The ride is about 30 minutes and I just get to sit there and read!! Anyways, I got to class a bit late but it was fine and now I know to leave a tad earlier just in case. My teachers name is Ana and she is really great. She talked the ENTIRE time in Spanish and for the first time in 2 weeks I understood all that she said! I was so excited. I also talked only in Spanish during class, which of course is still choppy and probably a bit incomprehensible but the teacher got the jist.
Now there are probably about 20 people in my class and apart from one other american every single person is from a different country. There is a girl from Finland, Belgium, Italy, Turkey, England. Also a guy from the middle east, and one from Scotland. Those are just the ones I remember! I love it! I find them all so fascinating. I just want to be all of their best friends.
We have a 30 minute break around 11 and some of the girls from class invited me to go get some coffee with them. There were four of us. The Belgian, the Italian the Turk and the American (ME). They all of course speak perfect English, no surprise there, what European doesn’t speak at least 5 languages? They were so much fun to talk to. In fact, I think we are all going to get lunch after class tomorrow! Unfortunately most of the people in my class including these 3 girls are all staying a short amount of time. from 2 weeks to a month. But that’s okay I suppose because I don’t plan on sticking in the class for long. I was placed in A-1, the class for beginners but I have my eye on A-2! and then of course all the way up to B-1, B-2, C-1, C-2 (the most advanced). Watch out! I plan on coming home fluent!
Then after class there was a welcome lunch for all the new students. Here I met more cool international people! I made quick friends with a french Australian, a new zealander, and a Norwegian. So cool!! Also the food was delicious. Someone needs to stop me before I get fat!
Then it was back home. I got home around 4 which gave me an hour before work. I had just arrived home, taken off my coat, and sat down (excited to relax for a moment) when the bell rang. Alina had come to practice English. Although I was looking forward to some down time before work I was happy to see Alina. She showed me the way to the store and the papeleria (paper store) to pick up a few things I needed. Although she came to speak English she was so excited that I was finally learning Spanish she made me practice. I was also so excited that I was finally learning Spanish that I didn’t care and we talked the whole way to the store and back in Spanish! She was impressed with how much I was talking considering I am usually very shy with Spanish and said I was much better than she thought I would be. Which means I am either on my way to being fluent OR she was just saying that to make me feel better. But either way it was fun talking to her! She is so great!! I think she also enjoyed watching me be the one to struggle this time around and her being the one with the knowledge of the language. hahaha. Languages are hard but I am having lots of fun.
Now I am just getting finished with a regular night with the kids. We all get along really well and that is exciting. They also love that I am learning Spanish and they have taken it upon themselves to be my personal and private tutors (Laura and Isabel that is)! Kids make great teachers though. Most adults usually get the jist of what you are trying to say and just carry on without correcting you while most children will laugh at you and tell you how wrong you are and then correct you until you get it perfect. It is a bit humiliating at first, but effective.
So tomorrow obviously begins day 2 of what will be many until I am fluent so lets just pray it continues to go smoothly.
God has blessed me with the best of everything so far and most the time it just doesn’t seem fair. But I am so thankful to be here and to have this opportunity!