As you can tell from the title I learned a valuable lesson in my orientation meeting today: no one goes out on Tuesday nights. After some students went out yesterday night and saw no one our age, Veronica told us what days students normally go to the clubs and bars. She told us the best days to go out are Thursday-Saturday nights (Wednesdays are possible too) and it's best to stay at home or explore Sunday-Tuesdays. Veronica even mentioned that we might see her out too because she is one of the professors who parties with her friends!! Of course she said this in her sassy Spanish way I that I can't even imitate, but I will definitely use this information for the future.
As for instructors and adults in my school, Veronica says she is "not cool," but really she is and I'm pretty sure she knows it. Today she even asked me if my hair was real, did it hurt and if it was heavy on my head #blackgirlproblems. She is super helpful with the academic side of being in Spain with all of us American kids. We began our classes for orientation with Inma and Alfonso. They are very different people, but very funny people to say the least. I have noticed that the professors here are extremely animated when they teach which is a slight change from lectures at school, but still similar. I was told by other students that Spaniards are more blunt than Americans I only assumed they meant day-to-day people (on the streets, in bars, in clubs, etc.), but the professors are just as honest and bold. Even though we are in 3 hour Spanish grammar classes during orientation every night, they aren't too bad and will really help us no matter how frustrated we get. Alfonso even gave us our first assignment: get the name of a possible Spaniard to be our intercambio by Friday….
Let the games begin!
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.