As many of you know I’m studying abroad in Segovia Spain until August and then traveling. There is so much to do and such little time so I decided to make this blog to keep everyone up to date on my adventures. So, I guess I will start with my host family. I arrived Friday morning and took a bus with my program from Madrid to Segovia where I met my host mom, Fuencisla. I have two host sisters Marta (27) and Laura (26) and a host dad named Manuel. My host mom doesn’t work and is “the love of the house” and my host dad works for the government. My host sister Laura works at hospital in Madrid but is home studying on her days off. My host sister Marta lives at home permanently while she looks for a job. My host family spends all their free time watching the tele which is always on even during dinner. They are muy simpáticos (very nice) and only speak Spanish which is really overheleming but has helped me with my Spanish a lot.
The first day was really overwhelming because I was exhausted and I discovered immediately that my Spanish sucks. I could not understand a single thing my host family told me and had to communicate with Marta via google translate. After a good nights rest I quickly become accustomed to the daily routine of life in Segovia. Desayuno (breakfast) is small and for me consists of tea, toast with jam, and cereal. La siesta is from 2-5 and is the time of day when people come home from work to relax and eat la comida, the biggest meal of the day, which is served in my house around 2-2:30. My family usually spends most of the time relaxing in front of the tv, claro que si (of course), and taking a short cat nap that is supposedly around 20 minutes. This is what they tell me because I sleep from the time la comida ends to when la siesta ends and sometimes later. La cena is the final meal and at my house it’s served around 10:30pm. People usually go to bed around 1 in the morning during the week and dance all night on the weekend with some dance clubs not opening until 5 in the morning. People either go straight to breakfast after leaving Losdiscotecas in the early morning (around 7) and then sleep all day or just continue their day without sleep and with lots of coffee.
Saturday night kicked off the week long festival celebrating the city of Segovia with a concert in plaza de acueducto that started at 11 pm and was followed by another concert in la plaza mayor. After the concerts ended (around 3am) a few friends and I went to the discotecas where we met some girls from Segovia and we all danced the night away until 7 in the morning. It’s a weird/awesome feeling leaving a dance club and realizing that it’s light outside.