dimanche 25 juillet 2010
"Today I went swimming in my underwear. People looked at me funny, but I think it was because of my hat."
If we were in France, he would have been right. If we were in the US...not so much. But where does Spain stand on the swimming in underwear vs. floppy sunhat opinion spectrum? This is something they have neglected to discuss in my "Spanish Culture" class. But we do have class again tomorrow; maybe I'll bring it up.
Update: I DID ask the culture professor about it. She said a hat was normal for summer, and then burst out laughing when I mentioned that Josh had gone swimming in his calzoncillos. Case closed.
jeudi 22 juillet 2010
One thing I am L.O.V.I.N.G. about my summer is how beautiful the buildings are. Salamanca is, to put it simply, the Spanish version of Hogwarts.
Back in our classroom, things aren't quite as romantic either, although we have two walls of gorgeous deep-set windows. I realized where a window seat may have come from: the walls are so thick that to set in a window, you have to carve out an alcove.
Even if things are a bit more modern (i.e., unromantic) in our classroom, I wouldn't want to sit on the benches from the early days of the university.
And looking out the window is always an option. We're right across the plaza from Salamanca's cathedral.
Well...back to work!
mardi 20 juillet 2010
Could describe this street corner my class converged upon yesterday during our "city visit." (The gato número cuatro is a little hard to spot.) My camera's on the fritz--not sure what's up with the dark stripe across the tops of all my shots. Might have to splurge and get a new one--anybody in love with their camera enough to recommend we get the same model? I just want a little point-and-shoot. I think I'm going to go camera-shopping on Saturday.
lundi 19 juillet 2010
mardi 6 juillet 2010
A ham aisle, including such delicacies as meat-laced pork fat?
I bit into an egg roll the other day and instead of cabbage and shrimp it was stuffed with ham and cheese.
For those who prefer "fruits of the sea," this octopus looks like he’d like to end up on your table...at any rate, I think he’s trying to escape from the freezer case.
Still need a hint about where we are? This is what we were doing last Saturday night.
We’re here for this summer so I can start working on my masters at the university here.
First task: find out if masters is written “masters” or “master’s.”
Second task: stop strolling around town and drinking sangria and hit the books!