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This has been a fun, jam-packed week in Alcalá. On Monday I went on a school field trip after classes to the Mahou factory, which is just outside of Alcalá. You many not know what Mahou is, but let me tell you, If you lived in Spain, you would be constantly surrounded by it. Every other billboard boasts its name. It is even the sponsor of a Madrid soccer team. Any guesses? Mahou is Spain's largest beer company. Mahou is to Spain as Budweiser is to the USA.
... expected to speak the language all the time, but it is not intimidating because the teachers are very understanding of mistakes and often help us with words. It seems like the perfect environment to learn how to become comfortable with the language! Tuesday: On Tuesday first thing I took my placement test. Based on the results, I was indeed able to take all the classes I signed up for, but I don't think they would have done anything if my score had been ...
... as a group. The bus pulled up to the center square in town where all the families were waiting for us. Names were read off and students were then paired with their families for the next 4 months. My madre (spanish mom) ran up, gave me a big kiss... and then we were off on a mad dash across the city to the apartment. We took a bus and walked several blocks to the home. I'm on the second floor of a mid-rise apartment complex with ...
... And I'm definitely getting the hang of being taught in Spanish all day even if it is still pretty difficult to say everything that I want to.
On to the fun stuff. During my second week here, the Friday marked the beginning of the Botellon tradition for many Erasmus students here. A Botellon is essentially a huge student ****-up in a local park here in Madrid - but the mess is always cleared up and there's never any trouble because it's all legal here and ...
... with a haircut for me along the way. Once back and after checking on Mother, Sarah and I were off on our own for a bit. We headed to the local store, picked up our dinner consisting of some meat, cheese, bread and fruit and headed for the park with one of the only statues of Lucifer as an angel. It was beautiful and peaceful, except for maybe a couple of nude sunbathers we happened upon. At least for us, even knowing we were in Europe, it was still ...
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