Wednesday night I gave my family the gifts I brought them from Indy and WKU. the kids loved everything, so naturally we played with it all night. The next day they took their new gifts to school to show everyone. I also brought my students WKU pins of Big Red and American coins. Each of them immediately put the pins on their shirts or book bags.
Yesterday (Thursday) was the first day I explored some of the city with the SPED girls. We took the metro to La Rambla, which is a very well known street in Barcelona. It has tons of shops and restaurants and leads to the Mediterranean Sea. We walked the whole street, saw the Christopher Columbus monument, walked around the harbor, and ate dinner. We plan on going back to this area again to spend more time.
Today (Friday) the students started asking questions and not being intimidated to speak English to me. I have a great, rambunctious group of 17 9-year-old boys.
The time difference and jet lag are starting to ware off, and I’m getting used to my new schedule. I wake up around 8 and eat breakfast with my family before school at 9. Then at school the students and teachers have a break around 11 to eat another breakfast (sandwich and coffee) and recess. Lunch and another recess is from 1:30-2:45; some people go home during this time. School is out at 4:45-5:00. When we get home from school we have a small snack (pastries), and dinner is around 8:30-9:00. I have been going to bed between 10:30 and 11:00, which is when my host siblings go to bed too.
After school we took the metro to Sagrada Familia. This is a famous cathedral designed by Antonio Gaudi in 1882. It is not complete yet, but they are estimating it will be finished in 2026. Donations fund the building of Sagrada Familia. There is an area close to my house called The Village with a lot of shops and cafés. We had Spanish style pizza at The Village tonight. When I got home from all of this my host dad, Nacho, and oldest brother, Guillermo, were watching the news. The Barcelona soccer coach from last year passed away from brain cancer. He was also one of Nacho’s patients; Nacho is an oncologist for brain, breast, and lung cancer. This is like the passing of any celebrity in the US. The rest of my Friday night will be spent at home with my family, watching the 2nd Hunger Games movie.
One week down, three to go!