Hello from Córdoba! I have been here a few days, less than a week, and Córdoba is definitely my favorite Spanish city. I am living in a neighborhood that is like a 10-minute walk to the Facultad and El Centro. My host family is amazing. My host parents, Mari Carmen and Pepe, are the sweetest. They are loving and caring and even though it has only been a few days here, they have taken me in as one of their own. The PRESHCO equipo is pretty great too. They have made sure we are all well and having a good time, not only during the orientation but now that we are in Cordoba. I am still in disbelief that I am in a different country and living with people who will soon feel like they are family — in all honesty, they already feel like family. I have been here for around five or so days and I am already loving it.
This past Sunday we went on a little tour of the town and it reminded me a lot of my hometown in Mexico, although I don’t think my hometown has as much history as Córdoba. It was interesting for me to see with my own eyes all of the places that I learned about last semester. I was in the city of three cultures, looking at the differences in architecture and the history behind it. It was no longer a picture from a book or a PowerPoint slide, but it was right in front of me.
Although classes have started at the Facultad, I have yet to attend any course. These next two weeks are shopping period and none of us are registered in any UCO course. Up to yesterday I was confused as to how the UCO courses will work, so while classes started on Monday, I have not gone to any yet. But I will tomorrow! PRESHCO courses start on Thursday, and I will have only one to attend. But again, we are all still shopping around for courses and we are quite clueless as to which class would be the best fit for us. I am a little nervous about the direct matriculation courses because they will be taught in a different way than what I am used to, but the course I will be taking sounds interesting to me. It was basically the only course that sparked an interest in me so I am hoping that it is not as bad because I don’t want to look for another course and take one that I am not interested in taking. The PRESHCO courses, however, all sound great and if I could, I would take most of them… but I won’t because I am not that crazy.
This is an adventure that has just begun, and I am looking forward to what’s to come.