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Almost done

Tomorrow, friday, will be my last day of Spanish school today went by so fast it was over in a blink of an eye. I went to a different place for breakfast this morning. Here are some photos;

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Tomorrow I pack my stuff and get ready to go to Lake Chapala and more adventures 🙂








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Somedays part 2

I saw the Cardiologist this afternoon at a very nice looking hospital the EKG tech was so handsome. I got an EKG and consult for 675 pesos or $36. The Cardiologist changed my meds and how I take the meds as now my blood pressure is too low (110/60. I hope this evens out this weekend and I can get back to my normal. I love this country besides the lower cost of living doctors take time with you and explain what and why they are doing things even give you their cell phone number in case you need them. I still get tired hoping this change in meds helps.
I took another exam today in Spanish and I blew it this is too much too fast still I’m learning something just can’t prove it on the exam. On top of that my health problem didn’t help; two coordinators for the school checked on me today while in class I was impressed with their thoughtfulness.

After the appointment with the Dr. I went across the street to the plaza in front of a big church, there is this cute restaurant there with tables that have umbrellas and I had a treat and just sat and watch the sun start to go down.

Tomorrow I aim to take some photos of the neighborhood surprisingly there are a lot of late-model cars in this town very few clunkers.

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So ends the first week of Spanish School

This was a short week in Spanish class because of the holiday and I had it made because I was the only one in class, that came to end. Next week I’ll be the only one in class but the class day will be shorter. The school was only going to give me an hour and half a day with an instructor, but I didn’t think that was enough so I bought more time with the instructor so I’ll have two hours of personal instruction for everyday next week and I’ll attend a group conversation class for an hour a day; half of the time in english and half in Spanish as well as an hour or more in the language lab using their computers to practice things like verb conjugations and grammar. I will have a different instructor the one I had was very nice. I also had an exam today and I was told I did very well. As for the instruction so far has been excellent I enjoyed it and got to us Spanish a lot everyday, just what I wanted.

After class today I did a little browsing in the neighborhood of the school and there are so many bookstores some sell new books others sell used books and they are reasonably priced, I thought. I bought a Spanish version of Uncle Tom’s Cabin to try out one day when I know more Spanish. I also found a Chinese restaurant for lunch and it was inexpensive and good I had the buffet and a soda for 80 pesos. I was full after lunch and needed to rest when I got back to the hotel.

I took some photos of the school. This school has a lot of students learning English or Spanish most are foreign youngsters this term they are from Korea; a lively group of youngsters enjoying their experience living in Guadalajara Mexico.

Here are the photos;

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I am going to do some review this weekend and a couple of walking tours around the neighborhood and take some photos of things I find interesting here in this part of Guadalajara.


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Home in San Felipe/Reflections on my Ensenada trip

I have been back for a while and for a while I had a glow from studying spanish. The trip back was longer than I expected it to be, as I took the northern toll road from Ensenada to Mexicali through the Guadalupe Valley. The Guadalupe valley is the wine and cheese region of the Baja peninsula so lots of vineyards and cheese making. I stopped to get coffee at one place and sample their wine. The wine was excellent and so was the coffee. However the wine was too expensive for my taste. I found out later that the prices are inflated because of the tourist traffic.

Upon arrival at my house I didn’t see a huge difference in how the extension to the house looked before and after the two weeks. I take it that there is a competing project for my contractor’s attention and things will go slower for a while. One good note, I hope, is that the water company came by and fitted a water meter to my pipe to the main line in front of my house. I talked with my contractor and he has plans on how to make the connection with the least labor and fuss. We have been told not to use the water yet as the lines need to be purged and that won’t happen till everyone has a meter and at ten meters being installed per day things are still a long ways off before we get city water. We will get the water, not as soon as we all would like, but we will get it.

On another note; after being home a while and thinking about my experiences in Ensenada I’m less inclined to feel satisfied about the whole event. The living with a Mexican family part was a total disaster; no family and not enough food, not enough hot water or water for showers and sharing the shower with buckets wasn’t pleasing either. The classes themselves did get me using spanish more than my self-study. However it was not an intensive spanish experience that I was expecting I didn’t speak spanish all day. The instruction was in english which was fine for a beginning student, but I’m passed that stage and wanted more, even though I would have struggled a lot more. Value for the money-wise I’m disappointed. The same teachers made a big deal about coming to San Felipe to teach for two weeks and said over and over they wanted me to be in their class. We exchange telephone numbers and they had my email and said several times they would send me an email about the classes in San Felipe. None of that happened I guess I was forgotten, why I don’t know. Maybe I’m too much trouble to deal with or they were just being nice.

I think that my being sick while in Ensenada also colored how I felt about the experience; for several days I was concerned about my health and that took away energy from my studies.

So as far as spanish goes I will struggle on learning what I can where I can until I can communicate in spanish with Mexicans without screwing it all up! I can get my point across in simple situations, but I want a lot more than that I want to understand and be understood at a functional level. I will always make mistakes and mispronounce some words I just don’t want it to impede communication.

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Re-Learning Spanish

I haven’t used Spanish in a long while and I am trying to relearn what I thought I knew. I am using Fluenz a Spanish course on DVD’s they are interactive, but not as good as having a teacher in front of you pushing you to speak well and use what you know. I hope to become functional, bi-lingual is out of my reach at this age, but being able to converse at a functional level and communicate so I can conduct most of my business in Spanish is my goal.

Of course the early discs are easy when I get to the more difficult concepts I will have to be more driven to get the most out of the course. Hopefully all will go well and I will be a functional Spanish speaker.

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