In case you were wondering, I got adopted yesterday…
Just kidding, I'm too old for that, but I did get a new mom!! Her name is Bernarda and she is my host mom. After only a few days I already know she knows her way around the kitchen so we are going to get along just fine as I love food. But seriously, my Señora is the best and has been very patient with me and my conversational Spanish. She even told me that it's pretty good, so I feel more comfortable talking to her. Our conversations are still a bit rough around the edges, but she goes with flow and so do I. Tonight at dinner I was trying to explain to her what pancakes were in Spanish…it didn't go too well. After a while of explaining Bernarda told me that she didn't understand what I was saying or trying to explain so we just laughed and kept eating. Also, I have never seen anyone clean a plate after a meal like Bernarda; she soaks up all the juices from the food with her bread, there is never a crumb in sight. You gotta appreciate that!
When we came from the hotel yesterday, Bernarda showed me my room which is a bit smaller than a single dorm room and I love it! It fits all my clothes perfectly and has a bed, desk, closet and I can even see palm trees from my window. After my siesta yesterday I watched the ending of Girl Interrupted with her (dubbed in Spanish of course), which is not a normal movie to watch on your first day with your Señora, but I threw "normal" out the window when I landed in Spain. For now I have my own bathroom, but I'm pretty sure she said she might be hosting more students throughout the semester. However, I think that literally got lost in translation when I was trying to understand her….
Today, Bernarda walked me to school which is about a 30 minute walk from my new house, but Granada is so beautiful and small you don't even realize how I long it takes you to get from one place to the other. Once all the students in the program arrived our Residence Director, the ever so sassy Veronica, went through the basics of living with a host family, our calendar for the semester, other tips and tricks of how to get involved, intercambios (language exchanges) and a tour of both the Center of Modern Languages and the Centro with Jose, another teacher. Most of us girls awed over the scarves, bags, jewelry and comfy pants we saw at the little markets on every corner; I will definitely be returning there soon to buy a few things. We learned about some of the history of Granada too.
Aside for the tour I was able to hang out with some Bradley kids and get to know new people too during lunch and before our insanely long level tests. I don't know how well I did, but it was only a practice for orientation so I have a few weeks to brush up more on my grammar. Afterwards, we walked around Granada for about an hour or so, being total tourists and it was great. We just kept walking down this long street and enjoyed every single minute of it. This city is so beautiful!! Pictures can't do it justice, but I have been trying. Once we walked for a bit we ended at this nice little restaurant for churros con chocolate. Let's just say I have found my sweet craving for the semester! Tomorrow is another orientation day and our first 3 hour class. Wish me luck and sleep!
I'd rather splurge on a good meal than a nice hotel, wine than water and plane tickets than club covers. Traveling and eating are my two favorite things, so follow my journey to see where I go and eat next! I'm just living my best life.