Right now I'm living with a host family, along with one other American, Jason, from my program. It's kind of nice to have another student in the house because I have someone to go do stuff with while my family is otherwise occupied.
This is mi cama, please notice the beautifully decorated sheets.
This is the first year our host mom, Carmen, has had boys in her house. She's been hosting students for 9 or 10 years, and it's always been girls until now. Why the sudden change? It may or may not have something to do with her 9 year old son, Carlo, who told her he's sick of having girls come into the house all the time. It's worked out well for me and Jason though! We have a super sweet apartment in a great location, and a little brother to play video games with in Spanish. ¡Qué guay!
This is Jason:
In other news, I came very quickly to the conclusion that I should have spent more time planning my suitcases. When I moved to France last year, I started packing a week before I left. This time? I started about a day and a half before. So far I've discovered that I accidentally packed a pair of my mom's socks, did NOT pack a single sheet of blank notebook paper, and managed to squeeze in enough winter gear to survive the next ice age. Sorry Spain...I'm praying for record breaking cold this winter.
I also only brought one pair of shorts, neglecting to heed the reports that Sevilla was experiencing 100º+ weather. Not only that, but for the first week I was here, I couldn't find the shorts I packed, so I was forced to choose between wearing full-length pants and dying, or wearing my basketball shorts 24/7. After a few days, I finally bit the bullet and bought some new shorts. They're actually great: nice and light and not too expensive. It only took me about 12 hours after I bought new shorts to find the ones I packed. Obviously.
Yeah, so it's been a pretty interesting trip so far. Aside from all the new cultural things I've been experiencing. I'll update later about all that.
Oh, and here's our other roommate, Alex: