Exams again tomorrow. Studying and sleeping until then. Wish me luck.
Today in 4 S words
School, Sleep, Sand, Salsa
That’s pretty much what I did today in order.
I go to school, sleep as much as I can afterward. I then eat some delicious stuffed peppers. I go to the beach for a couple hours, rest, and then go out salsa dancing. Overall a good day.
My adventure hat is still intact despite the fact that I took it swimming.
Weekend Catch-up 4 + Bonus
Thursday (Bonus Day)
Christina and me. She with her birthday crown, and me with a smile.
It is my best friend, Christina’s 21st birthday, so we have a sweet party. She has a list of 21 things that she has to do for her birthday. Some of the highlights are getting 5 numbers of 5 different guys from different nationalities, getting a kiss from a random guy, and busting a move in a crosswalk.
We first go to a bull fight. The bull fights take place in March and July in Valencia. I think that it will be gruesome and a blood fest, but it turns out to be not that bad.
There are 6 bulls and 3 bull fighters. Each one “fights” two bulls. Each fight is divided into 3 phases. The first phase is where the bull fighter brings out a pink and yellow cape and does a few tricks with the bull to see how he walks, how aggressive he is, etc. Then a horn is sounded.
The second phase brings the picaros – horsemen with spears –. The bull fighter attracts the bull outside a pre-marked circle to the picaros who stab it a couple times with their spears. After this come the bandarillos. They run at the bull with these barbed hook things which are festively decorated. They stab 6 of these into the bull. The horn sounds.
The last phase is the well-known phase. In this phase the bull fighter brings out his red cape and sword in order to kill the bull. He does tricks with the injured bull for a few minutes i.e. getting the bull to run by him, or kissing the bull’s horn. Finally comes the phase where he kills the bull. He takes a specially made curved sword and stabs the bull between the shoulder blades. If he does well, the bull’s knees will crumple and he will die soon after. If he doesn’t get the sword in all the way, they may have to kill the bull in other ways. If he misses and hits the lung, the bull coughs up blood.
Overall, the bull fight was an experience to be had, but I wouldn’t go again because it is way too drawn out. It gets a little tiresome after the first three bulls. I’m glad I went, but it’s not that exciting to me.
After the bull fight, we go out to an American pub, and I got a chicken Caesar salad that was really good. We go to an Irish pub for a while afterward and Christina completes the majority of her list. After this, we go to a club, but don’t stay too long because we are all exhausted.
We get home at 4am and have class the next day at 9am. For this reason I do not blog until now.
Me trying and failing a soccer test
Today, I go to the Science museum with my friends Becky and Stephanie. There are many cool exhibits in there. We miss the electricity show, but it is ok. The human body section had all kinds of fun things like mindball.
There is also a section of Marvel superheroes that I quite enjoy. I take lots of photos until my camera dies, but have a good time regardless.
At 7pm, we go to see an Imax movie about the Nile. It is pretty interesting, but I am glad it is not longer than 45 minutes. Two of our other friends arrive late and have to be let in by the security guard.
Found a maggot in the kitchen, a big one, too. I have to discuss the sanitary condition of our house in order for you to get a full picture of the sheer hellish terror it has been – a slight exaggeration, but only slight –.
When we arrive in Valencia, the house is not particularly clean, but it’s not awful, either, or so it appears to the untrained eye. I think that she hasn’t cleaned too much, but think she’ll clean soon.
Two weeks into the trip the house is in a worse state than it’s been in since the beginning. The shower has a glass wall and is completely covered in white mildew. The counters do not look like they have been cleaned in the two weeks that we have been in the house. There are egg shells – salmonella anyone? – and bread crumbs everywhere. The worst of all is the sink which looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in a year. The molding around the sink is black with gunk, even though it is supposed to be white. The whole area around the faucet is covered in the same black food-based material. It is a mess.
I have a little OCD episode and clean the entire house from top to bottom. I cleaned the counters, sink, microwave, bathroom, and even the floors which are constantly covered in dirt. I accidentally used fabric softener instead of soap on the counters and sink, but they were clean and shiny nonetheless.
I continue to do this until our five day break. I clean all the time and feel safer in the house.
After our five day trip to Madrid, I try to go without cleaning as much as possible. I have been doing pretty well so far. Today, I was in the kitchen eating my dinner – she normally leaves us sandwiches for dinner and does stuff doing the night – and after my dinner I found a maggot on the table. I get a little freaked out. I only clean the table, but I have to leave the room.
I have to admit that she has been better about cleaning this month. She cleaned this morning while I was gone. I might have overreacted a little, but I do prefer a clean house. I think she just doesn’t know how to clean well. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.
Today, I go to L’Oceanográfic which is an aquarium in Valencia. I have been before, but am excited to go again. I really love aquariums.
One of the best parts of the day is when I get my adventure hat. We are at the snack bar looking at the advertisements. I saw that if you bought two Coca-Colas you would receive an adventure hat. I ask my friends to buy a Coke with me and receive my adventure hat. I am so happy about all the adventures I am going to have in this hat. I talk about the awesomeness of the adventure hat for a long time.
One of the prize winning floats - the orange spots are flowers people are throwing at it.
Today I read most of the day and finish my book for class. I also go to an event called Batalla de Las Flores – Battle of the Flowers – which is basically a parade where they throw flowers at the floats. It isn’t as interesting as it sounds due to the fact that it is very long.
Today, I go to another intercambio. Austin and I meet at the school, and go together. We follow a map I screen printed on my phone because I don’t have internet on my phone in Spain, and neither of us know how to get where we’re going.
We end up meeting our intercambios, but mine is missing. She has dropped a drawer on her foot and is on her way to the hospital just to make sure everything is all right.
Austin, Sergio, and I continue for a guys day out - or something like that -. We go to a museum that we had planned to go to. It is some sort of interactive show with the history of the world through a humanist perspective.
We go out to a small restaurant to get drinks, and I get horchata granizado - basically horchata in a slushie -; it was a really good decision. We end up speaking mostly in English, and speak a lot about the US in general and the death penalty. Fun fact: Spain hasn’t had the death penalty since 1975.
This weekend is going to be crazy. I can’t wait!