Thursday, August 11, 2005

End of vacation and back to reality

So, I'm at the end of the second week of classes here at Uninorte. I've got five sections of the same class (level 7 out of 8, I guess what you might call upper intermediate), which is kind of boring in some ways, but also nice since I don't have to plan for a million different things. Now that we're finally started it's been a bit of work, especially after sitting around for two weeks. Hopefully it'll slow down a little though, and I'll finally be able to have a routine.

With being here at work all day and the not feeling well from the food, I haven't had much time to do anything else. Two weekends ago I went to Santa Marta with some friends, but forgot to take my camera with me. Santa Marta is about an hour away from Barranquilla, somewhat to the north (I think) and is thankfully much quieter and cleaner than here. The beaches we went to were nice, but I think I like the mountains more. The Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta comes right up to the city and is the the tallest (I think) range in Colombia. I finally got some unfried fish, which was delicious, and learned that my favorite from Mexico, huachinango, is called pargo here.

Other than that, I've still been looking for a new place to live, since the traffic on the street where I'm at now is crazy and continues to wake me up at 5:30 in the morning. It's also just a little too far from the university at night, and since I typically don't leave until around 9:00, I'd prefer to be in a place where I can safely walk to get food or groceries. Some day I'll make a list of all the different kinds of juices they have here...that's one thing I like! Nispero, zapote, guyaba, guanabana, tamarind, tree tomato (tomate de arbol), and this crazy unrefined sugar drink...

I'll try to be better about posting, but I haven't had much to say in the month I've been here!

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