Escuela Espanol - Monday, March 10, 2003

No 1st day jitters at Spanish School today. We arrived at 8 am anxious to learn some conversational Spanish and boy did we learn a ton!! It was fun but completely exhausting. Our teacher, Rosa Maria, took us out to the lovely courtyard to one of the many tables full of students and teachers and spoke only a few words of English for the next 4 hours. Needless to say, immersion is the best way to go. I think I learned more today then the semester long class from high school.

With our heads swimming with too many random words and verb conjugations, we were swished off by our host family to our accomodations for the next 2 weeks and a much needed lunch break. Our hostess and her two daughters are VERY friendly and got us settled into our simple room atop their small cafe. It's VERY basic, but spotless and the patio has an incredible view of one of the volcanos. Lunch was full of new tastes and ZERO English. Tons of hand gestures, pointing, and frustration, but many smiles. We lucked out and got a great family. The Asparagus soup and rice/cinnamon/sugar drink were both very yummy..

After a family trip to the grocery store, we have a few hours to ourselves before dinner. My head feels a bit swollen with the massive effort it is taking to communicate, but I'm sure it will get easier as the days progress. We hope to meet our amigos, Will & Arabella from Tikal, for some cervezas after dinner. That is, if and when we finish our 1st long homework assignment since 1992.

Today was a great day.

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