What a busy week it has been! I’ve just completed my first week of classes; it’s mentally exhausting to sit in class for 4+ hours every day, trying to absorb as much information as possible. Most of the time, I need an afternoon nap to feel refreshed enough to tackle the assignments and review my notes. It’s really important that I do not fall behind though – on August 19, the Cervantes Institute administers an exam for a certificate in Spanish (DELE) that is globally recognized. If I want to study at IE in Madrid for a semester, I need to pass this exam!
In the midst of all of the studying, I’ve been able to go on a few small excursions in Vigo and Gondomar. The pictures below were taken at the Count of Gondomar’s mansion. The mansion was constructed in the 16th century; the park and surroundings have the feel of an old horror movie (especially since we visited at dusk). It’s a shame that the buildings have not been maintained over the years; I believe that the property could make for a great museum.
Speaking of hiking through parks, I’m convinced that walking around Galicia is better for you than a P90X workout. All I do is walk up hills with a minimum of a 30 degree grade (or so it seems). At least I can be one of those parents that will tell their kids, “When I was your age, I walked uphill to class, 6 kilometers under the beating hot sun…”
Ah yes, and I’ve been eating very well. Jose, the father of the host family, is an outstanding cook. We’ve made a deal that he will teach me a few of his specialties (apparently top-secret) if I do the cooking one day. No pressure or anything!