This is the courtyard at the apartment complex.
Pepa and I went on a long walk and she showed me all of the city and where everything was in the barrio. We walked past the beach and talked the whole time. We passed literally THE MOST beautiful church I've ever seen it was huge! It was a very old catholic church and we went inside, I wish I was able to take pictures but there were people inside and obviously I didn't want to be disrespectful but it was so beautiful. We've eaten delicious dinners and lunches at the house and I have really enjoyed their company. They have had a hard time pronouncing my name but they keep practicing and improving. Paco is always making me talk and quizzing me on different words by pointing to items around the house because he wants me to keep practicing my spanish and improve my vocabulary. It's been a slight adjustment obviously but I think that the change is a huge part of the experience and so far adapting to everything has been a lot of fun.
Me on one of the pretty streets in Alicante, near el puerto or port
We started our first day of class on Wednesday and we have 2 weeks of only one intensive language class where we practice our spanish each day for 4 hours. In the class we review our spanish and practice talking in order to prepare us for our class we take at the Universidad de Alicante. I am nervous about that class but hopefully I will be able to understand the professor!!! On Monday most of us in the program are going to begin a program called Quijotes. Quijotes is an agreement that you are ONLY going to talk in spanish. We talk spanish with the other american students all the time and the only time you are allowed to speak in english is when you talk to family and friends back home. We also have a free day on Thursday nights where we can talk in english if we want to. Last night a group of us went out to dinner for tapas and the bar we went to had a special where all of the food was only 1 Euro! After we watched the Barcelona vs. Madrid soccer game together, and since my family jokingly told me I was only allowed to go if I cheered for Barca, I am a Barca fan now haha. It was fun but when I took a taxi back the driver said he did not know where my street was so I had to show him on a map and explain it to him. I even know enough Spanish that I was able to get sassy with him and tell him I wasn't going to pay extra on the meter because he didnt know where he was going. He cut off the meter and didnt make me pay hardly anything.
So much has changed in so little time but I am beginning to get my bearings and figure out everything in the city! Today I'm getting a Spanish cell phone so that will help a lot too.