Saturday, June 18, 2011

First week

First day of class at the Colegio Salesianos.

On Tuesday (June 14) the students took their preliminary exam.  They will take another exam at the end to mark their progress.  Wednesday was the first day of class.  The class rooms are not fancy, but they are functional and have air conditioning which is a big bonus.  It has not been terribly hot so far, but the heat will come without a doubt.  Generally it seems that everyone is adapting to their new environment and schedule.  Classes begin at 9:30 which is late compared to our normal start times.  Of course, this is necessary because it's virtually impossible to go to bed before midnight here.  Dinner is often at 10 or 11 pm.  This has certainly been a
First day of class.
topic of conversation among the students.  Some like it, some do not.
We had our first excursion to Toledo yesterday.  Everything went without a hitch.  We visited several monuments including: the Sinagoga del Tránsito, Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes, el Museo Santa Cruz, la Catedral Santa María and la Iglesia de Santo Tomé which houses the famous painting by el Greco - The Burial of the Count of Orgaz.  The students also had free time to shop and explore.  Several of them bought knives and a few bought small swords.  Toledo is famous for its cutlery. 

Next week I will post a longer discussion about food.  I love to ask what new foods they have tried and I am always pleased when they are willing to try just about anything.  I personally love Spanish food.

Excursion to Toledo

Toledo  (or "Boy with a sandwich")


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