9 August 2019
Well, I made it! It’s hard to believe it’s been less than a week. With how much we’ve had to accomplish during orientation it seems forever ago that we first arrived at the airport in Madrid.
Due to how much they crammed into this first week, I haven’t really had a lot of time to write an update. It’s actually been good we’ve had so much to do since it helped keep the jet lag at bay. In addition to just accomplishing all the mandatory but dull tasks one needs to do when moving abroad. Like opening bank accounts, get a local mobile number, processing our residency papers… that kind of thing.
But it hasn’t been all work. To introduce some culture in our lives, we went to a Flamenco performance (I wish I had taken photos!), walking tours of the city, and traditional food outings.
Today we checked out of the hotel and moved into our homestays for the next month. I was paired with Nick who is also in the program, so for the next four weeks we’ll be living with a lovely older woman named Edit (think Edith, not correcting a paper!). On Monday we start our intensive classes, study on our own and talk with Edit as much as possible. It works out that she barely knows any English so we can’t be tempted to cheat!
I’m really looking forward to learning the language and practicing as much as possible in the next month and coming year!
So that’s where I’m at! Wish I had some sort of photo to go with this post, but I haven’t really had a lot of good photo opportunities or editing time. Hopefully next time!