For my second blog post I wanted to tell you all about where I study because it is SO BEAUTIFUL. This is the entrance to the local university where I take all of my classes! This building was commissioned by King Fernando VI and was used as a royal cigar factory beginning in the 16th century.
All of my classes are in English (thankfully) and I am taking one Spanish language course. I am happy to report that I moved out of the beginner class and into the intermediate. Woohoo! I would say I am learning the most from hearing the language though and communicating with my host family – they speak zero English!
My classes are all over the place, but I am taking courses in gender views in media, Spain’s classical heritage and one in photography. I would have to say that the photography one has been my favorite so far because the teacher is hilarious. He is full of life and creativity and is way too talented to be teaching students like me! He is so supportive of our work though and always praises the pictures we submit for homework.
The university is right past the bridge so it is just a 10 minute walk to class. There is also a Starbucks that is dangerously located right across the street. Classes are long here though (2 hours each) so a daily cappuccino is only necessary!
All of my professors are incredibly smart though and genuinely care about how we are adjusting to life in Seville. Many of them ask about weekend plans to different cities and offer recommendations or insight into the daily lives of Sevillanos.
Fernando is another one of my favorite teachers. I switched into his history and mythology course the first week of school and it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made! His English is perfect (he studied in the US) and he is one of the smartest and most worldly professors I have ever met. He is extremely personable though and loves to tell stories about his wife and two young kids. Fernando is a perfect example of the professors truly caring about their students and you can tell that this care is genuine. We actually spent the whole class today talking about various cultural traditions here in Spain. This topic grew out of a fellow classmates question of how to make friends with local Sevillanos. By the end of the class, Fernando had opened the floor to all questions we may have about Seville and the ways of its people. We may not have gotten to course material, but I learned more in those two hours then I think I would’ve if we had.
The workload is extremely manageable, for which I am SO grateful. Just hoping it stays that way! Midterms are in a couple weeks which sounds crazy to me because it feels like I just got here. (which I sorta did!)
Hasta pronto! Off to Copenhagen!!