Today was my first official day of school, and to be honest I had never been more excited to go to class. Weird, right? Everything is just so much more interesting when you are able to use the material right after you leave the room, and when you need to learn the material so you can better navigate through life. Right now my only class is a two week advanced intensive grammar course and once it is finished I will take on four new classes: a literature, business, flamenco, and grammar course.
As I said in a previous blog, getting to school is a lot harder than high school or Hope. Right now it's about a 30-45 minute walk and I'm still trying to figure out the fastest route but this is what it looks like at the moment.
Walk with Me
This is the apartment building where I live. Currently they are doing construction on the ground floor, and in front of our building there is a nice little plaza where kids play tennis and run around. I live on the second floor.
After about 6-7 minutes of walking I arrive at a nice little glorieta, or round about. The big silver object in the picture is a fountain and a small plaza - there are lots of these in Spain!
After another 15 minutes of walking past bars, beggars, a hospital, small markets, shoe shops, police driving motorcycles, orange trees, store owners sweeping, bakeries, pedestrians, bikers, and more I arrive to a bridge that connects my neighborhood, Triana, to the center of the city. It is quite common to see rowing teams practicing or people kayaking.
Here is a picture taken on the bridge. It is very pretty walking over it! You can see Seville's cathedral peeking over the buildings and also a famous lookout tower that was built over 600 years ago. In this picture I would also like to note the bright blue sunny sky - almost everyday is like this!
Across the bridge I have another 15-20 or so minute walk to my study center where you will see more plazas...
...more orange trees and pedestrians...
....and more small stores. They have lots of fresh fruit, vegatables, and candy!...
...and finally you arrive at school!