Last night turned out to last a lot longer than I thought it would, and I’m so happy it did. We had dinner with Jaime at Real Club de Tenis de Oviedo, a pretty exclusive country club that you can only join if it is passed down to you through family. I’m no expert on country clubs, but I was shocked to hear this because I didn’t think country clubs with restrictions like that still exist. But from what Jaime was telling me, it seems like this club has a pretty old-school style mentality, so it makes sense that it is run this way. As we walked in, I immediately noticed all of the older ladies rocking their fabulous fur, red lipstick, and hair done with not one strand out of place. After the mini “cocktail hour,” we went to the dining room where we sat side-by-side and across from one another. We sat through dinner having some good food, with good company, and good talks. We got on the topic of spring break (yes, I know it’s only February…and no, it’s never too early to talk about it!), and got some helpful travel tips and must-see places from Jaime. Altogether, it was fun getting to dress up and have somewhere to go. Jaime dinners are always something to look forward to because even though we all go to school together, it is rare that we get to actually sit down and have a conversation with those of us who don’t see each other every day!
Speaking of spring break, mine is finally booked! My friend and I will be going to Rome, Florence, Paris, and back to Oviedo. My roommate from home is studying abroad in Rome, so I am so excited to be able to see her! We have a decent amount of time off for Semana Santa, and we tried to plan accordingly so we would have enough time to spend in each place and not be constantly exhausted from traveling. I had heard from previous study abroad students that traveling within Europe is so easy and pretty cheap, and now with some more experience, I know this is true.
Tomorrow morning, bright and early at 7:30, I’m leaving for Galicia with ESN. It’s a bit of a hike to get there, but I know it’ll be worth the long ride. Since I stayed in Oviedo last weekend, I’m glad I’m going to be doing some traveling. We have plans to visit Santiago de Compostela, as well as La Coruña within two days. It’ll be my first time staying in a hostel, so I’m excited to see what that will be like! I really want to travel with my host parents somewhere, even if it’s close by. The more I talk to them, the more I find out about what they have done in the past, and how much they know about Spain. They’d be great travel buddies, but aren’t big fans of the cold. Maybe I’ll have a better shot once springtime rolls around!
Today, I met my host mom’s niece who is a professor that is interested in learning some English. She told me that some of her colleagues know some, but she doesn’t feel like she’s on their level. Since she wants to improve hers a bit, just like I want to improve my Spanish, we decided to work together! We worked out a schedule where she will work with me every Monday, helping me with my Spanish, and I will help her with her English. I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity! It’s not every day that you can basically have a tandem be a professor. She understands my struggles, and seems like she would be such a good mentor. I can’t wait for our first meeting this Monday. Well, it’s time to get ready and pack for tomorrow, hasta luego!