Hope everyone is well. The flight over to Santander was great, but very long. So far everything has been great. I went to class on Thursday and felt like I fit it fine considering I missed the first couple of days.
My host parents name is Maximino Gomez., but he likes to be called Mino. He is an editor of the newspaper here in Sandander. He is really great. Everyday we sit sit down for about 4-5 hours and talk about things...history of Spain food in Spain, religion, politics, and much more.
When I arrived I was so nervous. I took a taxi to my host parents apartment and first of all, the driving here is crazy. I show up in front of Mino's apartment and I am just about to ring for him when some guy called me over to his apartment. At first I thought it was Mino. I asked him if he was Mino, but he just told me to follow him. So I did. We went up to his apartment and him and his wife were speaking very load and fast in Spanish. I could not understand a word they were saying, except that they wanted me to fix their window for them. I asked them to please speak more slowly, but that definitely did not work. I finally was able to get out of there and I went to the correct apartment. I met Mino and I was able to understand most of what he was saying and everyday is getting better and better.
Ok, this is very funny...right now I am sitting in this little square in down town Santander, I don't have wireless at my apartment. This two little boys are playing football (soccer) in front of me. One of the boys dropped his pants and was yelling out to his mom that he needed to pee. Everyone in the square started cracking up and so she took him over to a tree a few feet away and he took care of things. Things are very open here. It is great!!
Anyways, Hope everyone is doing well. I have not posted any pictures but I am trying to take a lot more so I can have them posted soon. Hope everyone is well and I will update you again soon.