Today was our first day of Spanish classes at our Spanish school, ECELA, and it went very well. It was tough for us all to be up and at the school by 8:00 a.m. after having travelled for so many hours and barely sleeping on the plane. Plus, at 8:00, the first order of business was taking a placement test! But, everyone was very positive and excited to be at school.
We were each placed at our individual levels, some of us in the same class as others, but also in class with students who are studying at ECELA from all over the world. For example, I had some classes with Rachel, Christine, and Kelly, but also with students from England, Brazil, Australia, and Canada. That is one of the great things about studying at ECELA. We meet people from all over the world and we all try to communicate in Spanish since we are all in Chile studying the language. It is a unique and rewarding experience.
After class, we had lunch at a café that was a favorite of our group last year (Café Colombia – shout out to last year’s group!). Then, we had a welcome tea with our friends at Universidad Mayor which was so nice! Next, we went back to ECELA for a lesson in Cueca – un baile tradicional de Chile. Finally, we had a Chilean asado with many other students of ECELA. We enjoyed the food and practiced our Spanish skills for hours!
It was a long day. It is now midnight and I still have to do my Spanish homework. Estoy exhausta! I just want to close by saying I am so proud of all the girls. They are all settling in and adjusting so well, and so quickly! I am impressed!
My name is Angela and I am an Assistant Professor in the Exceptional Education Department at SUNY Buffalo State. I am very excited to be returning to Santiago, Chile this May/June alongside eight outstanding Buffalo State students. Please follow our blogs, and our journey!