Five things that have absolutely nothing to do with each other (except Spain):
1. The name “Blakely” is really hard for Spanish speakers to pronounce. In class this week, I could always tell when the professor was about to call my name for attendance because they’d stare at the paper, scrunch up their face, and slowly say “Blaaayyykell-ee. Blayykell-ee Greem?” Yep, that’s me. Sorry about that. Blame my parents?
Before class, two girls from Taiwan introduced themselves to me, and then asked for my name. When I told them, they just stared at me. Stared at me like I just lit the building on fire. I wrote it down for them and they responded, “you don’t have a Spanish name?” Uhhhhh, no. Am I supposed to? Ten minutes later I found out that the students from Asian countries have chosen Spanish names so it’s easier for people here to pronounce. Ahh okay now it makes sense. Maybe I should look into getting one of those?
2. The movie Vantage Point was filmed in Salamanca. I didn’t even realize that until one of my professors asked all of us why we chose to study abroad in Salamanca. One girl said she chose Salamanca because she saw the movie and thought that Salamanca was gorgeous. No one is going to argue with that.
3. Every year, Spain has two long periods of sales called “Rebajas”. One is in July/August and one is happening now. It’s pretty much a month-long version of Black Friday sales (except I don’t have to wake up at ungodly hours to participate). Calle Toro, which has stores like H&M and Zara, is filled with insane shoppers looking for clothes and accessories at bargain prices. I haven’t shopped too much, but I did buy a nice scarf today on sale from 18 euros to 9 euros. Bargain shopper, right here. I see you rolling your eyes, Mom and Dad.
4. Everyone has started planning their weekend trips! That is, everyone except Ali, Alex and me. We have decided to stay in Salamanca this weekend to relax and explore the city. ISA has kept us so busy since the second we stepped off the airplane, and we haven’t had a chance to sleep-in, relax, and explore the city or the nightlife in Salamanca. We decided it would be better to delay traveling until next weekend. However, the number one city on our travel lists are:
Ali: Lourdes, France
Alex: Paris, France
Me: Prague, Czech Republic
If anyone has any suggestions, leave them in the comments below! We will be planning this weekend, and could use some advice.
5. Tomorrow is our first “Intercambio” (Language exchange) with Spaniards. We will be practicing our Spanish with them and they will be practicing their English with us. I’m expecting it to be kind of like our sorority/fraternity exchanges. Except in two languages. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Pues, that’s all I got for you guys. Unless you want to know about my classes, but who really wants to hear about those anyway?