Monday, August 25, 2008
I guess I have a few things to catch you up on. One thing I must first mention (and cannot believe I have yet to mention this) is traffic in Bolivia. It is incredibly NUTS. I would never be able to drive here, because I think I would get into an accident. Most traffic laws, lines etc are completely disregarded. Intersections don´t have stop signs, it´s more of a whoever gets there first goes through. You honk to say you got there first.. I´ve decided that even if I was expecting soccer to be an integral part of life, I don´t think I was expecting this. I´ve been to a game of sorts every day that I´ve been here. Two games at the stadium (professional soccer), brothers´game and my dad´s soccer game as well. It was a quiet weekend, late nights, learning some spanish and hanging out with bros. I went to a family friends birthday party at our other house (they use it as a place to relax..). The place is amazingly nice, nicer than their actual house come to think of it. I was extrememly tired and ready to go to bed, when they come in at 930pm to tell me that we´re going to a party. Lot´s of loud latin music, and trying to learn how to dance merengue. I SUCK at dancing hahaha, but hopefully I will learn soon enough. I also had my first church experience yesterday. Nuns, altar boys, and an old pastor that looked like the pope. I didn´t understand anything except for the words sins, and the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All you really need to know to get by ;) . Sunday is family day, and we walked around town to this little market, selling jewlery etc. It´s quite entertaining to see homemade leather bracelets with brandnames like Hollister and AE drawn into them. I tried this corn drink, one that had nasty lumps in it (looked a bit like bubble tea), and this other that tastes a bit cinnamon-y. We also had a sitdown with the parents (Christian as translator hahaha), with a list of example questions you would ask the host family on your first night (yeah yeah, I know we´re a few days off). Things like curfews, phone rules etc. Just to make sure there are no misconceptions etc. The thing is, the rules are not that bad. It´s pretty much the same as what I would have at home (minus the religious half of it). But it´s something I think I´ll be able to deal with. Today was the day to go to school for the first time, since I didn´t get there on Friday. I walked in the door, and immediately located the few exchange students (some who seem to have extremely good spanish, DAMN). Apparently I was only there to have a chat with the principal, get my papers and go home. Therefor, TOMORROW will be the first day of school. I go to school 730-230, Mon-SATURDAY and then Tuesdays and Fridays I also go 430-830pm. Quite the change change. I looked at my courses, and most of them look decent (Bio, Chem etc). But then there are the courses like Philosophy. I don´t know how I´ll manage that. I don´t think I´d be able to in English, let alone a new language. We shall see soon hmm? Now, as I feel I am up too early (and stayed up too late), I think I shall run off for a nap!