Monday, June 1, 2009

Getting Started

All students have arrived and are accounted for. Jose had multiple flight delays and got in a day late. Carson had to take care of an appendectomy before he could leave. With the help of a few pain killers, he made it in this afternoon ready and eager to get started.

The first official function was a briefing Saturday evening at the hotel where the students got basic information on living arrangements and telephones from Sara who is part of the staff at the Texas Tech Sevilla Center.
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Afterwards, it was off to see the Texas Tech Center which was a 15 minute walk away. The students were given their personal keys to the building and shown the classroom we will be using. While in the classroom, the Center director, Dr. Doug Inglis, described the basic operating rules.

Some of the students were starting to nod off from residual jet lag so it was time to head back to the hotel for dinner. We started off with a pastry shell with mushroom sauce followed by a hake fillet with roto sauce, fried potatoes, and a nice Spanish wine. For desert there was flan with a coffee and brown sugar sauce.
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The dinner was outstanding but again, some students were in danger of nodding off and falling into their plate. We called it a successful evening and let them go to bed.

Sunday morning was time to meet the "host moms." The students were assigned in pairs to hosts who will provide housing and meals for the next two months. Here are a few of the students and their hosts.

Today we had our first class. The students had spent their first nights in their temporary homes and received their first tastes of home cooking in the Spanish style. There were no complaints so it looks like we are off to a good start.

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