Last night we met at the ISA office and went to a café/bar for the intercambio. There were about 15 American ISA students and 3 Spaniards. ISA warned us before the intercambio that there wouldn’t be many Spaniards because they have exams this week. Ali, Polly, Liz, Barb and I sat at a table together, and then Jesús sat down and started talking to us. We accidently (on purpose) talked in English more than we talked in Spanish. We’re definitely going to have to work on that.
After the intercambio, some ISA kids met “debajo del reloj” in the Plaza Mayor (under the clock, a very popular meeting spot in Salamanca) to check out Salamanca’s night life. Continue reading →
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?Continue reading →