Classes. Quality family time. New friends. San Jose. Dance class. Manuel Antonio Beach. White water rafting…yes I, Margo Bailey, went white water rafting.
This past week things began to fall into normalcy. I think that having class everyday at 9a.m. starts to do that to people. Having this sense of schedule and familiarity here is a strange, wonderful experience. It almost seems unnatural to fall into a rhythm in a culture where you don’t speak the language, but it shows just how adaptive humans are. My only hope now is that my brain adapts to all this Spanish.
In order to facilitate my learning, I have taken on the grueling task of watching Spanish television and reading books in Spanish whenever possible. My current favorite is “Caballeros prefieran las brutas,” which is a critically acclaimed show looking into the philosophical meaning of life…I’m kidding. Basically I’m watching the “Sex and the City” of Spain, a cheesy, shallow show. The plus side, I find it entertaining, because I can understand exactly what’s going on. I’ve found that starting simple with language and constantly exposing yourself is the best way to go about learning. I created this theory based off of my childhood experiences. Free time was spent watching TV and reading stupid books. Eventually, after reading one too many Magic Tree House books I moved on to Nancy Drew, from Nancy Drew to Jodi Piccoult, from Jodi Piccoult to Grey’s Anatomy (okay maybe my reading path didn’t exactly follow this).