Today, our students are feeling more confident navigating school and the town and are quickly getting over the time change. After attending class this morning, we had our check-in and then were off to lunch. After lunch, we spent time in the primary school (ages 3-5) playing outside and practicing our Spanish! We are so excited to spend the whole day in Seville tomorrow!
Today, Sarah M. and Lotus took time to reflect on the town of Jerez as well as their host families:
Sarah M. – When I first arrived in Jerez, I was struck by the orange trees that line the streets and the brilliant colors of the buildings. I learned quickly from my host sister that the oranges are not for eating, but are beautiful to look at. The first night, we went to the supermarket. We bought picos, a type of breadstick that is eaten with dinner or as a snack. We also purchased all kinds of fruit juice, pork, and pudding. My host family taught me the names of all different types of food. Like my own family when I am home, my host family eats dinner together and discusses their days. I loved being a part of my host family’s daily activities. The second night, my host sister and I walked to her friend’s apartment. On the way, we picked up more picos, as we had eaten them all the night before. We also walked to and from school every day. We made our way through parks and a shopping area lined with orange and palm trees. We ran into some more friends on the way and caught up. I felt a sense of the community of the area as we walked and talked. I’ve never lived in the type of neighborhood where everyone knows everyone and friends are within walking distance, but I have always wanted to. Now, for two weeks, I have that chance. I am excited to walk all kinds of new places.
Below is a video that Sarah took that shows the orange trees that she mentioned:
Lotus – Another successful day in Spain! All of us were more awake than we were yesterday, thankfully, and were better prepared to take on new challenges as a result. My host family has been incredibly welcoming and accommodating to me, and I get the impression that the other students have had similar experiences. My host father, Jose, drives us to school, my host mother, María, brings us home, and my host student, María Jose, helps me throughout the day. We have a morning and afternoon snack every day in addition to our normal breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which I wasn’t expecting. Before coming to Spain, I heard that meals eaten here were smaller than those eaten in the United States, but, whether due to the size or the frequency of meals, I haven’t been hungry since I arrived. Last night, I had the opportunity to go shopping in Jerez’s center, and I was surprised at some of the things there. The streets were only for foot traffic and my host student and I had to walk back to the road to meet the car again. Some of the prices also shocked me. After doing euro to dollar conversions in my head, the clothes and makeup seemed to be of a slightly higher price than in U.S. stores, but the pastries we bought were much more affordable. Jerez is as beautiful and welcoming in real life as it is in photos and I’m having fun embracing the many differences I’m beginning to see between life at home and life in Spain.