Well I'm a couple of days into the trip. I am amazed at how much I do remember from high school. I have learned that I am much better at classroom Spanish than I am real life Spanish . This is such an amazing experience! However, I did NOT sleep on the plane. I was super tired on Sunday but once I got some rest I was fine.
This is one of the Spanish classrooms at Escuela our Spanish school. Well it is at least one of the classrooms. At the school there are other groups from the United States as well as other people for South America. We take two classes a day one is for conversation and the other one is for grammar. Personally, I feel like I am much better at grammar than I am at conversations. Here is all the girls that went on the trip from Buffalo State.
This was in the beginning in the school day. Everyone was so happy and even after our classes everyone was still happy. We were not all together in our classes in the morning we took a placement test to decide where are levels of Spanish are.
The strangest part is waking up in the morning and everything isn't where it normally would be. For example, my straightener would normally be on my one dresser and my makeup and mirror is next to my bed. Even thought I unpacked everything and tried organizing it, still it is no where near how it is at home. I am much more organized here than I am at home.
On Monday after school we went to a tea. It was hosted by Universidad de Mayor by our Chilean friends. It was wonderful to see all of our old friends we haven't seen since February and to make new friends. After the tea we went to a BBQ at Escuela. It was great the food was absolutely amazing. There I was really trying to practice my Spanish. I actually had a conversation about football in Spanish. I was very proud of myself.
Today we had Spanish school again. After Spanish school we went and hike to San Cristobal. It was amazing. The view was really cool to see. Unfortunately we could not see the Andes because of all this smog.
Personally, for me I feel like I am figuring out who I am. Not only am I growing as a person but as a learner. I don't not have my family and friends from home to rely on. Yes, I do have the other girls here and they are amazing, but it's a different feeling. You realize how you act in different situations and how it is when it is super crowded. I have realized I truly do like living in a small town and knowing everyone. It is a peace of mind that just comes with it. Yes, Santiago is safe but for a small town girl like me you can feel lost in this big city. I cannot wait to see what other adventures we will have over the next two weeks.