06.01.2013 - 10.01.2013 13 °C
Left Madrid by bus and slept most of the 5 hour bus ride. We were given no information besides the fact that we needed to show up at the address of our home-stay between 12:00-19:30. Lauren and I took a taxi from the bus station in Granada, super cute old man with a thick Andalusian accent, to our home-stay. I had no idea how close Granada was to the mountains! The Sierra Nevadas are just out our front door. I am so thankful that Amara gave Lauren a phone because the taxi driver told us that our address did not exist... So the two of us just decided to get out of the taxi close to where we thought we lived and then called our home-stay mother. We do in fact have a place to live The house is super cute and Lauren and I both have our own room; which I wasn't sure if we would or not. My home-stay mom has two daughters that live with her (Sandra and Madi - I hope I'm spelling their names right). They are mid twenties and early thirties I think, but I haven't asked. Lauren and I really lucked out, everyone has been amazingly kind and they are really easy to talk to.
My room has a bunk bed which is funny but nice to throw my purse on top and sleep on the bottom. They also have blackout curtains in each room, and I am a huge fan of for taking siestas during the day.
We arrived on the holiday: Días de los Tres Reyes (Three King's Day) and we ate a lot of delicious food. My favorite were the dates stuffed with cream cheese and walnuts - reminded me of my lovely momma's cooking. The first few days of school were very simple and we didn't really do anything. My first actual day of class was yesterday and I had 6 hours total. 4 hours of intensivo every day, and then twice a week I have 2 hours of my Spanish Cultures class. Tuesday my friend Dany took Lauren and I to see La Alhambra at sun set, it was soooo beautiful.
I cannot believe that right now this is my life. The area we were in has all white buildings and just adds to the beauty of this city. It is strange having homework again, I have been preparing so much to go abroad I haven't been thinking about the school aspect but it has gone well so far.
Last night when I was trying to fall asleep there was a small terremoto (earthquake)! I was really confused and thought that something had fallen on the top bunk. Apparently the earthquake was 3.8 but I don't know if that is a different scale than in the United States or not. Granada was not super close to the epicenter so no need to worry.
I have a 30+ minute walk to school every day which is keeping me in shape. Today I stopped at a store to look at postcards and I am happy to say a lady asked me for directions thinking that I was from Granada. It is nice to know I don't stick out like a sore thumb in this city sometimes at least I hope you are all doing well, and I will write more again soon. ¡Ciao!