Day 5 in España and I’m okay. I still cry at night because I miss home, but the daytime is better. The orientation schedule has been packed, but today is the first day that we have a lot of free time. Here is just a general rundown of what I have been doing the past few days…
- Breakfast: 2 pieces of white toast (I miss my wheat bread), 4 crackers (my host mom calls them cookies, but they are definitely crackers lol), and my green tea (that I brought with me)
- Met with my group and we went to the orientation presentations
- Coffee break- I got tea and chocolate bread.
- More presentations
- Lunch break: I told my host mom not to worry about lunch because I wanted to get Domino’s Pizza and shop for more warm clothes, which is exactly what I did. I was totally getting judged for eating a whole medium pizza on my own, but I don’t even care. I’ve probably lost 5 pounds already because I don’t really like the food my host mom makes & I’m not on my normal eating schedule (5 small meals/day).
- Siesta (nap)
- Ran by the river. It was so pretty outside.
- Walked around the city with my group and got tapas for dinner 🙂
- Breakfast: same toast, crackers, and tea
- Met with group for a tour
- Lunch: A soup of blended vegetables that I actually really liked and fish sticks (even though I said I do not like fried foods…)
- Walked to get myself some dessert because I was having a sugar craving (see picture below)
- Bought razors from the supermarket.
- More walking (probably walked a total of 6+ hours today)
- Flamenco show
- Dinner: Scrambled eggs mixed with green beans and orange slices (my host mom sprinkled cinnamon on top of my oranges haha)
- Called home. Cried after lol.
- Looked at my potential class schedule and chose back-ups.
- Breakfast: same as always
- Met with a friend from my group and we walked to the student center together
- Choosing my classes soon.
Plan for the rest of the day:
- Run by the river.
- Find a gym and buy a 3-month membership.
- Going on a tour tonight of places to do active things (jog, hike, bike, kayak, etc.)
Slowly getting a sense of my surroundings, but still wake up every morning dreading to speak in Spanish. I am not confident at all with my speaking abilities, and am constantly making mistakes. I know that is part of the learning process, but right now I just miss home.