The honors class also had a Spanish test today, and I just sat at the front of the class and waited for them to be done. That class is so hard in my opinion because the language is so fast! I've said it so many times, but I'm so lost most of the time! Oh, well. It's helping my Spanish which is the overall goal!
It was Mariola's birthday today! She turned sixteen :) It was awesome to experience that! The girls brought her a Reese's cheesecake and everyone sang to her and Dreuh got her a fluffy penguin which was adorable! Here are some pictures of that experience!
The reason some of them aren't in uniforms is because it was a blue casual day. They do casual days and if you do wear casual clothes, you have to pay a dollar because they give the money to a different organization each time! Today it was for diabetes. I think that's really clever and efficient! They're school has a lot of good ideas like that one!
I met another one of their classmates Ella today because she was sick the past two days! Again, super nice and amazing, just like all of them! I love all the people here and it's going to be really hard to leave ): I don't even want to think about it right now!!
We always sit with the same group of people at lunch and they are really funny (when I can understand them). Today Sophia took one of the boys', Joseph's, phone and he was walking around asking everyone where it was. I felt so bad! They did give it back though; it was just some friendly keep away!
In their media production class, they have to do a public service announcement and I'm going to be in the video with one of the groups. It's going to be really interesting! Maybe when we finish one of the group members will send it to me and I can post on here! Shhh don't tell them ;)
After school, Stephanie had swim practice and Gladys went to work at the hospital. What she was doing, I'm not sure but it sounds really interesting! Sophia and I hung out and played a lot of games on our phones. We also ate and I had a bit too many pieces of candy but that's ok because it was totally worth it! We watched a little bit of Law and Order: SVU and I felt like I was at home! Today was by far the best day out of all of them! I feel like I finally am not just "the exchange student" but also Grace. I really like making new friends, especially in different places. I hope I will be able to keep in touch with all of them!!
There are a couple of things that I want to mention that I've noticed while staying in Puerto Rico. First, when you great someone, you don't shake hands, you place your cheeks together and "kiss" each other's cheeks. It's strange for me because we don't do it at home! I'm sure when I get home I'll be so used to doing that, that I'll accidentally do that! Secondly, the traffic here is awful! Sometimes it's like there are no rules at all that anyone needs to follow and it's a little scary. I'm sure we've almost gotten in at least 5 minor accidents. I will not miss that very much! But everything else, I will.
I can't stress enough how much I love this place1 It's absolutely wonderful and I can't believe I'm actually here! The girls have a younger brother Miguel, and as I said before, he's in love with Maroon 5. He plays it EVERY night and knows all the words! It's so adorable!!
I've started to speak a little bit of Spanish to the girls mostly but some of the other students. One boy named Roberto in particular announce whenever I say something basic like "Por favor" or "¿Estás bien?". I think it's funny! I do know some Spanish! It's just hard to understand when they talk so fast and have a very different accent than I do! I'm hoping I get better!
Here are more pictures that I took today! I'm going to go get a brownie :) ¡Hasta luego!
In English class, watching The Scarlet Letter. On the left, Roberto is sleeping on Mariola's penguin that she got for her birthday.
I fishtail braided Sofia's hair!
Jorge hid in the trunk today to scare Gladys!
Her reaction (that smile!)
I put some brownie mix on Miguel's nose! He is just adorable!!