Arriving in Spain….
As many of you know, last year I was living and working in Mexico. I had a blog during that time but my procrastination skills prevented me from making frequent updates. I am considering this next adventure an opportunity to perfect my blogging skills.This year I am living and working in Ciudad Real in Spain as a language assistant at the University of Castilla-La Mancha.
I arrived in Spain on September 11th and spent 4 days dealing with extreme jet lag…. crossing an ocean with 12 inches of leg room cannot possibly be healthy. After I began to shed my zombie-esque qualities I decided to explore the city. Ciudad Real is much different than I had expected. My residence hall is on one end of the city and the university is on the other side. My journey to the Facultadad de Letras (Department of Arts) starts by walking through the beautiful Parque de Gasset. I do not know who Gasset is/was but I am grateful for this lovely green space so close to my dorm. As I continue, I pass through the center of the city. Stores, cafes, dentist offices, and apartment buildings come into my view.
On Monday September 23rd I started assisting with classes. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I have 11 classes every week that I will be assisting in. For the first week the professors had me give a presentation about myself and then the students asked me questions about myself and what life is like in the USA. The most popular question was, “Why did you decide to study political science and religion?” I never seemed to be able to give a satisfactory answer…. What was I thinking? I loved taking classes in college but I picked two majors that provided with the ability to think critically and absolutely no career path.
Next week I am to prepare slides on 4 works of art and lead discussions in class, we will see how it goes!