I've been pretty busy this spring. It's hard to believe that not even four months ago I was still finishing my application and hoping I would be accepted. I've now received Visa instructions from AFS, which are ridiculously long and difficult to achieve. I was a little disappointed to learn that my local AFS chapter would not be holding a pre-departure orientation, so instead I will have a "virtual on-the-phone" orientation. I had been looking forward to meeting some other kids going abroad, but that's okay.
I have been trying to find out as much as I can about Galicia, the region where I will be living in just about- I can't believe how fast time has gone!- 97 days. It's not the most well-known part of Spain so there aren't many too many resources. I did learn that there are Celtic influences, so the bagpipes (I laughed too- what? bagpipes? in Spain?) are a traditional instrument. This is a video of a famous Galician musician...
I have heard, however, that it is sometimes referred to (in the most loving way possible I'm sure) as the "Urinal of Spain". How marvelous. (Because it rains so much there, apparently.) But really, it's beautiful.
|Seems to be plenty of sunshine....|
I've been exchanging emails with my host parents about once a week or so. I don't think I introduced them in my other post, but my family includes my host mom Elena, my host dad Lois (yep, not Luis), my one-year-younger host sister Antía, and two Dalmatian dogs named Babi and Pinto. I love getting to know my future family!
Mostly, I've just been trying to get through the last few months of school in America. The end of my sophomore year has been quite stressful with trying to get extra credits so I can graduate on time despite not getting any credits from my classes in Spain. I still have some final exams after this weekend, but Wednesday is my last day. I'll be that much closer to leaving for Spain! (Of course, I'm taking an extra history class which means I'll still be in school through July.... bummer.)
|koalas are cool (me gusta coalas).|
Alright, I'm done for now.
In Galician, Adeus!