Ok, I'm sorry that I couldn't finish posting last night! For some reason I can't post the video of us jumping on the blog, but I will try to post it to Facebook. I want to stress that this is not something I will likely ever do again, it can be dangerous if the tide is low. We were lucky it wasn't the day we were there.
Today we had our first day of class. When we arrived we were given an exam to determine our placement level. The highest level is 8 and below that is level 6. I had no confidence in that test, not at all. I haven't done grammar exercises in ages and I was rusty after a summer without any Spanish, but lots of Chinese! Anyway, I was able to stay in level 8, which I partly feel is a little high for me. I understand everything that is going on. My writing, reading, and listening skills are superior, but my speaking is not as good as the other students in the class. I'm sure after this week I will be back to the level I was at my senior year of high school.
In the morning I have class with Alberto from 9-11:20. He is a blast! I love him! He is so fun and has a great personality. We then have short break until about noon. We went down the street for coffee and pan tostado. Toasted bread with olive oil, crushed tomatoes, and salt is very popular here. And it is delicious! Then I go back for class from 12-2 with Theresa. The break between is very much appreciated, the day goes by much faster. There are 4 Germans in my class, 3 Chinese, an Austrian, and myself. It is quite the mix!
Then Natalie and I went home for lunch. Encarna had her daughter, son-in-law and their 2 children over for lunch as well. They are such nice people. They all love to talk and they treat us like part of the family. The kids are hysterical, especially Joel, who is quite the mujeriego (ladies man) and he is only 9! Oh - and Hugo, our host brother returned from Madrid last night. He is probably one of the nicest people we have met since we have been here. He is so warm and welcoming and Natalie and I hope to spend a lot of time with him before he leaves next month. He bought his own place a few towns over and today he passed his driving exam so he is one step closer to leaving! He is VERY handsome and so is his boyfriend!
After lunch, we rested for a bit and then the 3 of us met up for a run. We jogged for a few miles along a paseo (walkway) that lines the coast. It was absolutely beautiful. We hope to make a habit of it and plan on running everyday around the same time.
That's it for today! Time to finish some homework and get to bed! More school tomorrow.
Buenos noches <3