January 11, 2005


i think i am kind of getting used to sevilla. itīs really different than anywhere i have ever been. the streets are really tight and even a small car can barely fit on them. lots of people drive motorcycles, and everyone has really small cars. i have seen a lot of vws/audis and saabs, and a bunch of european brands iīve never heard of. there are really no american cars here except for ford focuses, which is kind of funny. all the cars are really weird too; they will have the same name as a car we have in the u.s. but look totally different.

today was our second day of class. our professor does not speak any english, but i think he understands us fairly well. the school is freezing because of no central heat, and i keep my coat and gloves on the whole time we are in class. it is usually warmer outside than it is inside. today we are visiting el museo de bellas artes for our cultural activity. i donīt know anything about this museum, so you all will have to wait until tomorrow to hear about it.

last night i went out with a bunch of people from my group to a tapas bar, and the drinks were so cheap! (sorry mom i know you donīt want to read this) a beer was only one euro, and so was a glass of wine. crazy. we started up a conversation with the bartender and another man who was sitting at the bar, and we were talking about how expensive alcohol is in the united states, and about different laws and customs that the united states has. in spain, you have to be 18 to drive a car, but you can drink at 14 or so. they donīt understand american laws at all.

my spanish family has a woman that comes and cleans their house. i find this very strange. i thought that they were kind of poor, but i guess not. itīs really difficult to deal with this no cental heat thing. some of my friends from school have to sleep with their coats and hats on because they are so cold. i am lucky that my room does not get that cold during the night. i wear a sweatshirt and pajama pants and two pairs of socks and i am fine.

thatīs all for now, itīs time for lunch and then a long siesta.


Posted by JenMagenta at January 11, 2005 7:01 AM
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