God bless the Spanish

Trip Start Dec 17, 2010
Trip End Apr 26, 2011

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Saturday, after 24 hours of airports and planes, I landed in Alicante.  Even though I got an exit row seat for the ride from Dallas to Madrid, I couldn't sleep at all on the plane.  Then I had a short layover in Madrid and an hour long flight to Alicante.  

Alicante is sunny and beautiful.  Even though I had only slept about 4 of the past 48 hours, I was psyched to be here, but not too happy about the prospect of staying up until dinnertime, a 10 pm or later affair here in Spain.  Which brings me to the title of this entry.  God bless the Spanish for giving us the siesta. When we arrived at the hotel, we had lunch and then THE ENTIRE COUNTRY TOOK A NAP!!  Afterwards, we had our orientation meeting and then went for tapas for dinner.  God bless the Spanish for tapas also.

After dinner, a group of us went to scout the bar scene around our neighborhood.  We didnŽt stay out too late because we knew that we had to wake up early Sunday.  Around here the nightlife doesnŽt really start until around 3 or 4.  WeŽll have to save that for some other weekend.

Sunday we woke up early to take a tour around the important parts of the city.  We saw the beach and learned about some of the neighborhoods.  It was pretty overwhelming and IŽm not sure IŽll actually be able to find my way around again, but I have a map and IŽm willing to get lost. 

After the tour, I met my host mother, Maria.  She lives alone in an apartment in a pretty good part of the city.  I took a siesta, and when I woke up, her son and grandson were there. I canŽt understand them as well as I thought I would be able to, but I feel like IŽm already getting better.

Today is the first day of classes.  The university is huge, but really easy to navigate.  There are so many different types of trees, nothing like the clone trees at TU.  

I had my first emergency of the semester when I realized that I lost the charger for my laptop somewhere along the way.  DellŽs a pretty common brand here, so IŽll get a new one soon.  Once I can use my own computer IŽll post some pictures.      

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Maria Puhl on

Hooray!!! Glad you got there.

And understanding everyone will get easier - that's the point of going!

Can't wait to see pictures and read more blog entries :)

Mrs. Hansen on

I am so jealous. I have never been to Europe. Please enjoy your whole experience. I hear from your dad that you have some really tough classes. Tee Hee. Also, let me know how the audiology and speech path go for you. That was my major in college. I loved it. I should have continued to get my masters. Anyway. Enjoy and I will write again soon.

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