10:00 a.m.: Wake up, check e-mails, laugh at the fact that some of my friends back home are on Facebook. Isn’t it 4 a.m. there?
10:45 a.m.: Hop on my bike, ride past the Arc de Triomf and the Parc de la Ciutadella to Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the public university at which I’m attending class. This route is a little out of the way, but it’s a wonderful way to start the day.
11:00 a.m.: Begin Spanish class. Well really at 11:10, we’re running on Spanish time. Review the subjunctive, and then spend 45 minutes learning and comparing phrases in slang. These will be used more than any vocabulary I’ve learned to date.
12:30 a.m.: Head down to the cafeteria and sip on a café con leche with classmates.
1:00 p.m.: Sit down to International Journalism and Global Media. Discuss current Spanish news, international coverage of past events, and my professor’s experiences in London, Japan, and Barcelona.
3:00 p.m.: Walk my bike over to La Clandestina, a café buried in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, to work on a presentation on the province of Andalucía with two classmates. Three months ago, I hadn’t heard of Andalucía. Now, I’ve traveled to its most charming city, Sevilla.
4:00 p.m.: Order something to eat at the café. Yes, that is my lunch. We’re running on Spanish time, remember?
7:00p.m. Return to school for an “Intercambio”, a language exchange with local Spanish students. Speak to 8 different Spaniards about differences in our school systems, their favorite places to go out, and whether Gossip Girl is an accurate reflection of American society.
8:30 p.m.: Hop back on the bike and ride past the Arc again, up Carrer de Sicilia to our apartment. Greet my roommates – 2 Duke students, 2 not – and catch up on everyone’s day.
9:00 p.m.: Cook up a little dinner, because I’m practically a Spaniard at this point and it’d be unheard of to eat any earlier!
10:00p.m.: Hastily pack. I’m leaving for Paris in the morning, after all.
I could be the luckiest girl in the world!
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