Someone's got a Case of the Mondays at Carlos III

Trip Start Jan 14, 2009
Trip End Jun 07, 2009

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

February 12, 2009:
Carlos III

After 4 'full' days of classes, I have finally some things to report regarding my academic life in Madrid.


Much to my dismay, I woke up at 8am for my 10am class, which was just miserable since I had 4 classes (a total of 6 and ˝ hours of class!) for the day. I got a quick a breakfast at home, and then walked to metro, which was then 2 stops to the Train. Once we got to the train, it was about a 15-minute ride to our stop, followed by about a 12-minute walk to campus. Quite the trek if you ask me. Our campus is in the area of Gétafe, which is very industrial and not too pretty whatsoever. Nevertheless, I made it to class on time.

1st Class: European and Spanish Political Institutions

My first class is part of the Hispanic Study Courses, which is catered for American students studying in Spain. My professor had quite a few identifying characteristics, which therefore urged me to find a look-a-like or, as I call them, bizzaros, for each teacher.

Professor #1: Dolores
Bizzaro: a Cherokee Ru Paul (yes, the transvestite)

I know what you're thinking. No, no, Dolores is NOT a transvestite. However, she is probably pushing 55-60 years old, caked with makeup, and has quite the deep (manly) voice resulting from the 10,000-20,000 cigarettes she has probably consumed in her lifetime. In addition, she wears Dreamcatcher earrings and some sort of animal shawl/scarf that just made me think she came from one of the Tribal societies of the Southern United States perhaps...the Cherokees. As a result, I put it all together and came with up with Cherokee Ru Paul as the bizzaro.

Note: The class actually seems very interesting, and I am very exciting to learn about the Spanish Political system as well as the European Union. I actually met someone sitting right next to me from Seminole (lives in the 727, wow) and knew the 4 people I knew who went to Seminole High School: (Ron and Jon Hecht, Shanna Rosenbluth, and Marissa Timko). Small world.

Professor #2: Some guy whose class I am no longer taking
Bizzaro: Richard Kind, one of the stars of the show Spin City

I am not that big of a fan of Spin City, but I feel like I've seen enough episodes or some other movies that this guy is in. The only difference is that this professor was balding a little worse, and felt SO cool that he matched his green watch with the rest of his outfit.

I have a take a class in the Regular curriculum of our school, which means I have to pick up a class full of Spaniards, and pretend like I am not an awkward, intimidated American gringo. I wanted some more Poli Sci credit, so I went to the class Systems of Political Representation. However, it turns out that there were 2 pre-requisites to the class and I could not follow this teacher for the life of me. I sat there for 1 hour and 40 minutes, verifying that this teacher was actually speaking Finnish. Okay, not really, but it really seemed like it. At one point, I THINK he asked me and my friend Jen (who was seated next to me) a question regarding a political system, but we could not understand what he said, so we sat there, absolutely dumbfounded and clueless. It got the point that he said at a snail's pace in English,  "eef yu don't undeyrstand mee, please leyt me know and I will sleow down for yeu." We sat there, semi-shocked and embarrassed, but concluded that this was NOT going to be a class we wanted to take.

Professor #3: Elianna Vargas Calle-Language Level: Billingue B...impressive right?
Bizzaro: Charlyne Yi, aka Martin Starr's girlfriend in the hit movie, "Knocked Up"

If you haven't seen the movie, I apologize. But I am pretty sure these 2 must be related somehow.

Nevertheless, my language class seems pretty cool with a lot of "Perfeccionistas/semi-bilingual" speakers, hopefully including myself. I feel like that I will drastically improve my Spanish in the class. That is, I hope not TOO many Knocked Up quotes run through my movie-quote filled brain for the 1 hr and 30 min duration of class.

Professor #4: Julio Checa Porta
Bizzaro: Joe Lo Trugilio, aka Neil from Wet Hot American Summer, or the sketchy dude from Super Bad that tries to roll deep into the Thunderdome party.

Literally, the above description was going through my head the entire class, especially since I had already been to class for 4 and ˝ hours and Spanish Literature was the last thing I wanted to think about amidst half falling asleep.

I looked at friends Mimi and Farber (both friendly Jewish girls, obviously learned in the Wet Hot American Summer [movie] department. Mimi says to me, "I only wish I could see this guy with a mullet on a motorcycle." [I apologize once again to those who have not seen this movie or shared a truly laughable experience such as this]. But whatever, deal with it! (808).

Nevertheless, the Spanish lit class seems to be decent. Somewhat demanding as I am in the "Advanced" section, so I might suffer a little more. Finally, the day ended after 6 and ˝ hours of class, and I was exhausted, yet pumped to go home and take a quick siesta. I did so accordingly and enjoyed Maruja's cooking as usual.

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