Published: September 20th 2007
September 20th 2007
Diana and Me
Wow, it has been way to long…and I apologize I promise to do better lol.
I do want to open this with the mere fact that who ever said Study abroad was easy never studied abroad. Something about living life in a different country and doing all different things with new people, new classes, new FOOD, new places…etc, makes everyday a challenge.
Life in Mexico is so busy I can’t hardly keep up. There is always something to do or watch or celebrate. Speaking of celebrate let me go all the way back to my birthday. My birthday was great. It even had it’s own theme. We all wore our sunglasses and my friends threw me a great party. Before the party we were able to attend the coronation of a friend who had just become a lawyer. Following this we had a great dinner at the local Italian restaurant and wore our sunglasses. We partied and had a great time. I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday.
I’m sure you are wondering what school is like. It is very different then classes in America. We have a set set schedule and I am done everyday by 1:30.
Skyline of GTO
I take literature, 2 Spanish classes, Mexican history, and a culture class. Each class is very different.
The weekends in GTO are pretty much a great time. Everyone sleeps in late and spends the afternoons in El Jardin, which is like the city center. In the evenings we will meet up for a good meal (usually Italian) and then go out dancing (salsa dancing of course).
I am getting ready to take this weekend and go to Mexico City with my group from the program. This weekend will be totally packed with tours and lots of sightseeing. I will have lots of cool pictures to upload.
As for the people, The people in my program are way to much fun. Everybody with a very different personality. That makes for interesting classes and discussions. I spend a lot of my time with Diana, we swear we were separated at birth lol. Both of her parents are from GTO, so she speaks near perfect Spanish. Which I will say comes in handy often, and not just for correcting my mistakes. Her brother Gustavo, is truly a big brother to both of us. He makes sure that no one messes
Arturo, Diana, Ant
with us and we are always safe! As for the rest of “grupo,” we get along well, and everybody comes from different parts ranging from right here in GTO to Michigan. Not many Southerners, but I’m representing South Carolina, Greenville, and Wofford proudly.
I am learning to salsa as well as sing along to “country” music. Yes that’s right there is a thing called country music even in Mexico.
As for daily life here’s a quick little run down
I start class everyday at 9:30 am and have a break inbetween my next class which starts at 12:10. I am done everyday by 1:30, and I usually take my time returning home. I have a very scenic walk so I get to see a lot of people that I know so sometimes a 15 min walk can take 45 min. But it is one of the great things about being in a super small town. My walk takes me through El Centro (home of El Jardin, Teatro Juarez, and my personal favorite El Café). If I am not going straight home I usually meet Diana and some other friends at El Café for an afternoon chat
Diana and Gustavo
and a drink or snack. We can truly spend hours at El Café sitting outside chatting with each other and the people we know that pass. (Mom when you come for your visit we will definitely go there). If I’m not meeting Diana or Tiffany or someone at 2. I get on home to shower and get ready for my siesta! The big meal is usually around 3 or 4 depending on when my hermana (Irene I-RE-NAY) gets home from high school. After we eat, I do my homework or walk back to El Centro to meet up with amigos and chat and we usually spend the rest of the evening there.
Whoa… well to close this out let me talk about my Spanish. Yes I guess it is pretty darn good saying that I’m not dead, or starving. I like to speak it and I am finding that in conversation I will go back and forth between the two languages.
Enjoy the pictures and keep in touch, and send me things but only by DHL.
There are more photos below