Friday, May 29, 2015

the end

Today is my last day in Mexico and my school year abroad.  The experience of learning Spanish and living in another country has been an educational adventure.  I am glad that I had the opportunity, but I am looking forward to several things- cooking, being out of a city, and spending time with family and friends.  It is going to be good to be back where I belong.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

one goal met

This week I reached one of my goals for 2015, which was to finish the Spanish portion of Duolingo.  If you have studied a language in the past and want to review, this website and app are worth looking at.  I have been recommending it to my friends here who want to improve their Spanish.  One thing I am glad to note is that although I finished all the levels, there are still opportunities to practice.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ordinary things

It is getting close to the end of my time here, and one of my friends recommended that I take pictures of the ordinary later I will be glad I did.  These pictures should give you a better idea of what Guanajuato is like.
 A view of the city after I leave my house in the morning.
A street I walk each day to get to the center of the city.
Another view of the city near my language school.
A callejon with many steps which I walk up and down to get to where I am living.  When I return to Minnesoa, any hill is going to seem like nothing compared to where I have been walking for the past three months. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Fahrenheit 451

I read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury this week.  The story is set in an unidentified city of the United States where owning books is banned.  Firefighters have a different role in this futuristic novel.  Their job is to burn books, and generally the home where the books are found.  Guy, the main character, is a firefighter who realizes the value of books.   His life changes quickly and drastically in ways he could not have imagined.   Although this book was written over sixty years ago, there are some things that remind me of how influential mass media is in our culutre.  The book is worth reading even if you generally do not read much literature.  It would also be a good choice for a book club.