Current Anxiety Rating: 2 (Post-test Relaxed)
01.11.2014 - 04.11.2014 57 °F
Sadly, I don't have much to update about this week since I spent most of last weekend under a pile of homework and studying for midterms, but I wanted to check in and let you know that I am alive and well and (mostly) sane. Combine all that homework and studying with the fact that both my roommate and host mom were gone, and you get a very stir-crazy Alison. If there is one thing I miss about being at Lawrence, it is the fact that interaction with other human beings is just one short shuffle down the hall away (in vaguely clean old sweat shirt and yoga pants, no less). Because we are guests in someone's home while in Spain, we aren't allowed to have anyone over, so if you want to interact you have to put on real pants (gasp!) and real shoes (oh my!) and in all likelihood spend some money (good heavens!).
Cabin fever got the best of me on Saturday, so I ended up venturing out to grab dinner. My friend and I decided we needed to have the quintessential Spanish dining experience, and we both ordered the "Menú del Día" where you pay a flat fee for two dinner courses and a desert. I ended up ordering Paella, a hamburger (not very Spanish, but the heart wants what the heart wants), and apple cake to finish off. It was worth it for the desert alone. It tasted like there was pureed apples in the batter, and there were yummy flakes of apple baked on top AND there was chocolate sauce. Like I said, worth every penny. Or euro, rather. And that was my big excitement for the weekend. Well, besides the zombie on roller blades. Because what says November 1st like a Spaniard on rollerblades, dressed as a zombie, carrying a shovel, making scary noises!? I really can think of nothing more appropriate. All I can say is this: At least he wasn't dressed as Santa.
In more recent news: I just finished the exam for my History of Music class, and I have two more exams next week. This week also happens to be our only five day week of the term. Why they chose to make it the same week as midterm exams is beyond me. I have gotten off pretty easy so far though. Out of my five classes, I only have midterms in three, and I have knocked one out of the way already! Woo! And my professor in my first exam even let us go early after the test. I really can't complain. But never fear, I will soldier on and do my best to do so anyway.
Hope this post finds all of you well! And best of luck to all of my Lawrence friends braving 8th week! Keep on trucking You are almost there! And if you don't believe me....
Maybe you will believe my friend Ryan (or a very enormous picture of him).
Thank you to the Helen Barr Rudin Grant for making this blog and my adventures abroad possible*