Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Minecraft and Google Earth

Following a tutoring session with my host brother after school, I met up with the SPED girls to travel to Tibidabo. The view from here was amazing! We also went in the church and gift shop. When we returned we had some trouble navigating but got some help from the locals. 

We ended up eating at a 50's dinner claiming to have American food. They had a Mississippi burger that came from Louisiana, chicken fingers, and shakes. They even gave us a souvenir when we left. When I came home my host brother was talking about looking at a house on google. I showed him Google Earth. Then we googled my house and farm. He was so excited to see the cattle.

Today, for tutoring my host brother wanted to play Minecraft. We made a deal that he could play if he examined it all to me in English. Now I know all about zombies and giant spiders. When he left for rugby practice I went to the market with my host mom. After dinner Mark and I googled the Statue of Liberty, the Effile Tower, Stonehenge, and other major places across the world. It was a good night to have before leaving tomorrow for Italy. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Weekend Travels

On Saturday I went with Annie's family to explore the city. We began with lunch by the sea and a long walk. Then we went to visit Born where we saw the old part of  town. We visited the Bacelona Cathedral, St Mary's church, the ancient ruins, the Catalonian government building, and the mayor's building. 

Today Annie came with my family along with Jenna's and two other families to visit the Torres winery. Afterwards we visited the beach Sitges for a picnic and a relaxing afternoon. 

I was able to see so much of Barcelona this weekend. I love the city and the culture. I am excited for what this coming week will bring!





Thursday, April 24, 2014

Day 3

Today is the end to my third day in Barcelona! Yesterday was Saint George (Sant Jordi) day. Similar to our valentines day. All the students celebrated in the school. There were presentations, singing and dancing. There were also rose petals everywhere. My host brother and my host father both bought me roses while we were out exploring the town! 

Today I began assessing students in English on their speaking skills. These students will be tested in June to receive their first certificate in English. I was amazed at how many languages these students know or are learning. Many of the students are bi-lingual. They speak Spanish and Catalon. Then in school they are learning English and French! 

After school a group of WKU students took the metro to the city center and then down to the port. We went to a Cafe that looked like a rainforest inside. It was similar to the Rainforest Cafe but much nicer. Then we walked back through the city center to a restaurant called The Attic  where we had a nice sit down meal. it is now 11:17 and I am going to bed. My family will be up for another hour probably!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Home

I was greeted at the school by my host mother. She helped pack my luggage through the streets to the apartment. I am now getting my self settled in and drinking some freshly squeezed orange juice. Later we will go back to the school for orientation and meet our teachers. I am excited and a little overwhelmed right now. This will be my home for the next month! 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

To pack or not to pack?

This time next week I will be in Barcelona! I have been talking to my host mother on a regular basis lately; planning activities and discussing what to bring. The question now is do I start to pack now or wait?