Okay, so I know I said I would talk about male presence here, but it was brought to my attention that I have neglected to describe what I’ve been doing here for the last week. Gee. Well, so, classes:
I have only two classes. They are both about 4 hours long. We get breaks in between.
My main class is my Spanish class that I have every day of the week (except for weekends). On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the class begins at 1 p.m. and may last until 4:30 or 5 p.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have my other class in the morning, so I need transit time between them. On those days, my Spanish class starts at 1:30 p.m.
My “other” class is called Semenario Basico or abbreviated S.B. It is more or less a culture class with a Christian emphasis. It meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. and usually ends around midday.
A typical Monday/Wednesday/Friday, I will wake up at whatever time I want, provided that my homework is finished, and I still plan on eating before I leave. I will take a bus to Central San José, and then jog a few blocks to take another bus to Curridabat. Total transit time from home to class: 45-50 minutes.
Tuesdays/Thursdays, I wake up at about 5:30 a.m. so I can take my shower and get ready. I eat breakfast before I leave to catch a bus at 7:15 a.m. to El Carmen. Transit time from home to class: 30-40 minutes. From S.B., I can either take a taxi to Curridabat or I can walk. Last time I walked, and it took me about 50 minutes. The problem with walking is that I may not get to eat lunch if class gets out right at noon. Many students take a taxi to Curridabat. After class I take the bus from Curridabat to Central San José, jog a few blocks, and take another bus from Central San José to Guadalupe El Alto, where I live. Total transit time from class to home: 50 minutes (depending on traffic).
In my Spanish class today, we reviewed the direct object and indirect object and pronouns. I always had a hunch that I hadn’t completely grasped the concept in previous Spanish classes, but to have it proved to me beyond a doubt by my pitiful attempts to do my homework, well, I certainly won’t be able to sleep tonight… I have some extra work to do.
Yesterday, in my S.B. class, the speaker lectured on the ways that Jesus interacted with people of a different nationality. She (the speaker) outlined the times in which Jesus lived, and his ultimate response to the problems of his day. It was very fascinating, and I took many notes.
Okay, this is long enough.