A Day in the Life….
A Day in the Life… with Maria Sorkin, Seville Intern
So I’ve been here in Seville for almost an entire month now (!!!!) and with orientation classes over with and having started classes at the University of Seville, I’m starting to finally get into a bit of a routine here. While I’ve actually been advised to try to not get too comfortable in a daily routine here (and instead do something new and exciting each day that tests the limits of your comfort zone), I can’t help but to find some relief in the sanctuary of familiarity after the whirlwind that was orientation. The following is my average day at la Universidad de Sevilla.
Por la Mañana
My first class starts at 11:00AM, a far cry from my death schedule last semester consisting of only 8:00/9:00AM classes. Those couple extra hours of sleep make a world of difference, especially when dinnertime in Spain is right around 10:00PM (2 or so hours before my school-night bedtime… I am weak). Breakfast usually consists of toast, cereal, and/or fruit. I have been informed that I am lucky to be privy to such a luxury as eating cereal for breakfast, as most other students must depend upon a couple of breakfast “cookies” to fuel their brains for a day of classes. As with every meal, my host mother, roommate and I watch TV (usually the news) while we eat, something that would be considered very strange indeed to my family in the US.
The walk to school is approximately 1.2 miles (yes, I Google Maps-ed it) from our apartment in Nervión. My entire college campus is 3/4 of a mile long. When I return to Kenyon, will live 760 feet away from the biology building and 1170 feet from the dining hall. I don’t like to even look at my feet these days. Enough said.
My classes: Contemporary Spanish Women Writers, Introduction to Translation, Cervantes and El Quijote, and The Arabic Influence on Spanish Literature. All of these classes are from within the Cursos Concertados program at the university, which are courses taught in Spanish that are designed for foreign students. The good: I can understand nearly everything that the professor is saying, since they’re consciously slowing/dumbing down their speech. Also the majority of these classes are notoriously easy. ALSO also, I need only spend a total of TEN euros on my books here. Tears of joy. The bad: I was looking forward to meeting my new Spanish best friends in class, but nope, these classes contain only foreign students. And what they mean by foreign students is apparently foreign American students, from what I can tell. Guess I won’t be meeting my new Spanish/German/Nova Scotian friends at school. Can’t really complain though, since this is where I go to school: La Universidad de Sevilla
Por la Tarde
I walk home every day after my morning classes for lunch, which is around 3:30. Lunch is the largest meal of the day and usually consists of a preliminary tuna+fruit salad (with olive oil), and a larger main course such as gazpacho (with olive oil), paella (with olive oil), or the tortilla española (with olive oil). My host mother usually lays out a bowl of fruit, yogurt, or cheese afterwards in case we care to stuff ourselves even more. And of course, there is always bread that is bought fresh daily (with olive oil).
The post-lunch pre-dinner hours of the day are when I can switch up my schedule, when I don’t have classes in the afternoon. Activities include: Siesta-ing, shopping, exploring, going to the movies, going out for tapas, running, museums, etc.
Por la Noche
Dinner is a medium-sized meal that is usually around 10:00PM at our house. By the time we finish up eating, there’s still plenty of time to do some homework, read, watch tv, or catch up with friends/family back home.
I’m still adjusting to the little details that differentiate Spanish culture from my own, but am on my way to feeling right at home here.
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