Today was the first day of Spanish class. I ended up in Group 6 (of 10), which is lower than I'd expected, but I figured it would be nice to have a review. My teacher is really nice, though I feel like I could definitely be in a higher group. However, I've heard that the teachers in the groups above mine aren't so great, so I think I'm happy to stick it out where I am.
My class has 10 people, including 4 women, which is unusual since the whole MBA program is apparently only about 20-25% female. We had another American, Carol from Chicago, Ali from London, and Jill from Belgium. Plus Federico and Matteo from Italy, Jan Erik from Norway, Francis from London, and Romain from the Netherlands. A very entertaining group.
We had a little intro session from 9:45 to 11 and then went straight into Spanish basically until 6:15, with a break for lunch at 1. We were all so exhausted at the end of the day! Actually, we were all so exhausted by lunch! And this is nothing compared to what is to come in October. God help me.
I finally got some photos from the party we had Saturday, so here they are. And no, our elevator still isn't fixed! They said hopefully they'd have it resolved by tomorrow morning. Whoops.
Here, Edi and I show off some of the beer we bought!
Marco and George prepared a fantastic tomato salad:
One student, Roy, has brought his wife and new baby with him from the US. His baby, Sophia, was thrilled to be hanging out with everyone:
Here I am with Alex and his girlfriend Natalia, who also helped a ton with the party setup: