Close to trilingual!!

Trip Start Sep 06, 2006
Trip End Apr 01, 2007

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Well, Spanish class is going really well. I almost consider myself trilingual. Im pretty functional at the moment, so thats graet. Ive been having some nice conversations on the street with a fair bit of success. Now when Im speaking people dont look at me like Im speaking a foreign language....just like Ive got the mother of all weird accents.

I had the BEST meal thus far in Venezuela today. It was this yummy chicken leg on a bed of mashed potatoes with a red pepper sauce....soooo good. The chicken was so tender I could just pull it off the leg with my knife required. Muy bueno!

Overall, the SPanish school experience is extremely positive here. I highly recommend it, even though its not as structured as Xela in Guatemala.

Ive gotten a bit of a cold or something while Ive been here...its a little uncomfortable. Ive got a headache, a sore throat, a bit of a cough and a runny nose. However, part of me thinks that it might be the pollution here...there are SOOOO many cars, and were in a valley. Ugh. Or maybe its a virus...there seems to be something going around the language school.

My teacher and I discussed Chavezs Misiones today...very interesting. Basically theyre social programs aimed at solving the various social problems here, like illiteracy, lack of post-secondary education that is free and easy to get into, dental problems, surgery backlogs (the obvious solution? send them to Cuba!). So yeah..very interesting stuff. Apparently theres a professor in the area that is from the US and studies the Bolivar Revolution...I doubt if Ill have the chance to meet him, but Ill definitely look him up!

Tomorrow night Im heading back to Caracas on an overnight bus, then Ive got another night in Caracas, then its home time!
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