This past weekend, our culture teacher took us to a nearby town where they grow these beautiful, exotic orchids, another leather/shoes town, and a town for mining silver and jewelry. The greenhouse was definitely my favorite, and I got some amazing pictures of the strange flowers. The next day, I went to church with my family for the first time, which was a lot of fun. It's very loud, and people are constantly walking in and out of the service with their kids. But I enjoyed the service a lot. Oddly enough, I could understand the pastor pretty well because he's an American and speaks spanish with a pretty strong American accent.
Today, classes and homework started for real. We have four hours of classes from 8:00-12:00, with two hours of discussion/vocabulary practice and two hours of grammar. It went surprisingly fast for a four hour class, and I really enjoyed getting more practical vocabulary. We'll probably be reading some short stories in Spanish in the morning, along with newspapers, magazine articles, and other forms of literature. They were impressed that my classmate and I had already read Cien Años de Soledad, one of the foundational texts in Latin American literature.
Tonight, we're going on a tour of the city center with our culture teacher, which should be interesting. The central plaza is very pretty, with lots of trees, fountains, and a beautiful cathedral, definitely a good place to hang out. That's really all I have to tell for now. Chao!