New Home. New Life.
Life. As most of you know, I have never moved, never gone off for college and never lived anywhere but at home with my family. Traveling and being in different cultures isn’t new to me, butttttt living in a different place that isn’t my home is quite different. Spain is also different. So here are some differences that you will notice right off the bat (or at least I have). Spaniards eat their meals at different times. Breakfast at 9-11am, lunch at 2-3ish pm, and dinner 8pm-12am. (<—- SERIOUSLY). Isn’t that wild?!?! I had dinner at 9:30pm today. (It was very delicious and my host mom is a pretty good cook.) They don’t say excuse me or sorry when trying to pass each other. They personal space bubble is quite smaller than ours in the US so they don’t have to say sorry or opps excuse me. They just go and walk and live life. Life in Spain is slow which isn’t a bad thing necessarily, unless you are a 30 yr old still in college living at home. Don’t get me wrong now. I not saying this is wrong. It is just different from the way people live in the States. Some people take10 years to finish college here. I just have to be honest and say heck no. That is not for me. What I do like is that people take their time. They will sit and have long conversations at a cafe/bar and there is no rush to move on to the next thing. They live in the present and notice what happens in the now. I feel like they really get to know people here because of this. Lastly, life does not happen in the home like in America. Life happens outside the house. People go outside, walk for miles a day (most people don’t drive and we walked about 8 miles yesterday), hang out with friends, visit places, play soccer in the plazas, talk on the phone on a bench, and just life. Many of them don’t invite friends over, but invite friends out. It’s a different concept of life I think. Very cool nonetheless.
Now, I bet you are all wondering what adventures Cathy is having. OK, some might not care or even read this which is okay. ANYWAYYYY
Home. On Thursday, we went on a long journey from Toledo to Sevilla, our new home. We met our host families and went to our new homes for the next 3 months. I’m living in a house with a mom, who hasn’t been around much because she works in a pueblo (another little town/village/city) and her daughter, who is about 30. Elena, the sister, is so nice and considerate and her boyfriend, Juan comes to visit almost everyday. He is super talkative and speaks English which actually helps a lot with my roommate and I learning Spanish. WAITTT I don’t think I’ve talked about my room mate yet! Her name is Dara, and she is such an awesome roommate because I’ve never really had one before. I am so blessed. Please pray for the family. I found out they are Catholic, but they don’t attend Mass that often.
Yesterday, we took our placement test for the Spanish classes. I was so nervous because my Spanish is completely terrible and I had to text in the advance classes in order to get the classes I needed for credit. It is so difficult to listen to what people are trying to say here. The accent is different and it all sounds like one huge long sentence. We got our results and class schedules back and I was so excited to see that I got all the classes I wanted and I tested into the advance classes. This coming up Monday will be the hard part of actually taking those 3 upper level classes. God, seriously, I need Your help on this one.
We also met our mission mentor, who has been a missionary for about 20 years. They planted a baptist church in Sevilla and are about plant another one. Her and her husband are church planters in Europe. Super cool and super awesome! I cant’ wait to see where God is going to put me here and how He is going to use me. I talked to one of my friends who was so encouraging by letting me know how God is already using me, because I was a little discouraged this week. God is so good all the time, and we will never really know exactly what He has planned for us, but I am starting to see it unfold.:)
Since, school hasn’t started yet, I have had a lot of free time to explore and to get to know people in my study abroad group. Everyone is so nice and friendly! I was so worried about that and God has already answered that pray and concern of mine. :) Today some friends and I went to Plaza de Espana. We decided to be super touristy and American, by being a little louder than normal (which was normal to us) being amazing by everything we see and taking silly pictures everywhere. OH MY GOODNESS! This place is so gorgeous! There is a mini lake, moat thing where you can row a boat around in and a giant fountain in the middle of everything. Some Spaniards will take you on a horse and carriage around as well. Then some bridges will take you across and into the palace (of course in front of the place we had to take a jumping picture, which none of them turned out super good, but it was very funny). We walked to one of the levels and it just had a super gorgeous view! You just gotta see this! Also all of us bought some fans for the bull fight we are going to see tomorrow. (or well today depending on when I post this blog) These Spaniard boys are super crazy too! So one came up to us selling post cards at any price we wanted to pay because the money went towards little kids playing soccer or something like that and then he looked at me and asked if I had a boyfriend. Stupid me said no. So then asked me if I’d like to meet with him in the garden across the street in 10 mins. OH MY! I just said I had to go and walked away with everyone else. I could explain the story better in person, but this is just the short version.
I felt like a totally Spaniard today because my friend Mirium and I went shopping at the local store because I needed some shampoo and all that good stuff. Their baskets for shopping are just too cute. They roll on the ground kinda like a suitcase! It made shopping so much easier, but you have to pay for a plastic bag. Being cheap, I did not like that.
So I just have so many adventures and stories to tell, but I wish I could tell all my stories and tell them better!
Keep Praying and God Bless.