Monday, September 27, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
In the meantime, I´m catching up on a bit of schoolwork, some serious NAIMUN crunch work (hi Nora and Lopes, hope you´re reading!!), and blog posts about the past two weekends. Checking email for the first time since Monday brought some really sweet emails from friends that I didn´t know I needed so much until I read them. I´m going to share some wise words on language immersion from my dear friend Will that certainly inspired me:
...which is so true, and definitely something I´m going to try to keep in mind in the coming weeks. Making local friends has definitely been the biggest challenge for me. Granted, USFQers have as a general rule gone to school and grown up together, and breaking into their little microcosms is about as tough as it would be in a high school setting (read: really freaking tough). However, that´s no excuse for giving up and hanging out with Americans all the time, especially when it´s your language acquisition at stake. For a number of reasons my catchphrase here has already become "Awkward is my life," so I guess I´m just going to have to embrace that as I try to, awkwardly, make myself some friends.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
That means that right after our last class on Friday, we´ll be heading down to the station to catch our 3pm bus. Excited for: warm Pacific waters, reading on the beach, and going dancing at night. Fears: Really, really bad sunburn - one more fun side effect of living on the equator. Hopefully SPF 100+ will see me through :P
But before that can happen, there are still two days of class to go, including a presentation on neoclassical environmental economics based on about 30 pages of reading. About econ. In Spanish. Ready.... set.... GO!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
WHAT a day. After a very interesting Saturday (details to come) I woke up early to get a head start on some homework for Monday. Too bad none of the internet cafés open until 10am at the earliest. By about 11:30, I had finished up and was on my way with Amanda to meet Tom to go climb the Basilica of the National Vow. This was a find of Tom’s from last Sunday, which he described as kind of scary but worth it.