January 1, 2005

pre-spain thoughts

¡Hola amigos! Are you ready for an exciting journey to Spain? I’m not! For those of you who don’t know, Elmhurst College has this thing called January term, J-term for short. It is four weeks in January when the students take just one course. The classes are usually three days a week for three or four hours a day, and often they are kind of pointless, it’s basically a month of drinking and/or sleeping. This J-term I am taking SPN-315, Culture and Linguistic Immersion in Spain (my last J-term ever- tear.). This will be my first trip out of the country. I’ve been to Canada, but that does not count. I have never been to Europe, and I have never been on a plane for more than two hours. I am a little scared about the plane, for some reason I have a fear of flying over the ocean.
Another thing I am scared about is living with a random Spanish family for three weeks. I am weary of the whole bathroom situation, and my mom says I have to help them clean and stuff… for those of you who know me, you realize that I am extremely lazy when it comes to cleaning, so I am not looking forward to that. But I am excited about FINALLY being able to drink legally somewhere, I am excited to spend three weeks in Spain with four of my awesome Sig Kap girls, and I am looking forward to eating Spanish food. And of course I want to expand my knowledge of the language and culture… right…
Supposedly we have to take a test on the plane over what we have learned in our two days of class before the trip. I was planning on having a beer and sleeping during the plane ride, so this test is not looking too good. We leave on Thursday at noon, and arrive in Madrid on Friday morning. We are going to stay in Madrid for two days then head down to Seville where we are living with the families and studying at the University of Seville. Every weekend we take trips to other cities in Spain; we’re going to visit Granada, Cordoba, Segovia, and Toledo. Seville will hopefully be warm; weather.com predicts upper 60s all week. No matter what, I’m sure the weather will be better than this cold Chicago crap. On that note, I’m off. Enjoy your cold Chicago crap; my next entry will be from España! I love and miss you all already.

-Jen

Posted by JenMagenta at January 1, 2005 11:58 PM
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hey, girl. i am so proud of you! by the time you read this, all the plane craziness will be over (for now). enjoy the sunny and beautiful country. i'll be thinking of you.
~l

Posted by: laura at January 6, 2005 12:24 PM

I am so glad for you, it is really great to visit another country,and another continent.
Keep your eyes and ears open and observe all you can. It is allready eveningin Madrid, and tomorrow you are off to Sevile. It is great for us that you share your experiences.
Love you, grandma and grandpa.
We are posting the wether reports for your trip, and we can see that it is little warmer than by us.

Posted by: grandma at January 8, 2005 3:00 PM
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