Today marks two weeks since I moved to Spain – can you believe it? Seeing as I’ve done a pretty poor job writing as I go, here are some highlights from my first 14 days as an expat.
- First Spanish word I learned: Escarabajo (as in the type of car I drive – a Beetle!).
- First English phrase I taught my teacher: Couch potato.
- Weather in Galicia: Really, really rainy (ahem.)
- In a manner of speaking: There are two languages in Galicia – Castellano (standard Spanish) and Gallego (the regional language). Residents of Galicia are raised learning both languages. When I first got here, my Spanish was so rusty I couldn’t understand the difference between the two, because I understood nothing at all. Now…let’s be real, that still happens.
- Weirdest food eaten: Octopus. Suckers and all. Suckas.
- Beverages I know how to order: Café con leche and vino blanco. Es todo.
- Peanut butter consumption: Moderate. Still on my second jar.
- My school: Small but wonderful, with less than 200 students and less than 20 teachers. The kids have a terrifying amount of energy, and the teachers, a terrific amount of patience. My face hurts from smiling by the end of every day.
I really like it here so far. Big changes are on the way, though. This weekend, I am moving out of A Pobra (the little beach town I am in) and up to Santiago, a much larger city with a university. I will be living with two Spanish college students (!), and will definitely miss the two wonderful Americans I have been living with here in A Pobra. But Spanish must be learned!