School and Hike
16.06.2016 - 16.06.2016
Last night was… not good. I hardly slept at all because of the fact that whatever is wrong with my chest kept waking me up because I felt like I couldn’t breathe. Lying in bed this morning texting with people back home, I vowed to try to go to the doctor today, because there were points last night where it was actually kinda scary. Once I got up and got ready, I started to feel better (as per the norm). It was actually pretty cold outside today! That’s a problem for most, because they packed clothes for warm weather, however I packed for Ireland too haha so I’m prepared!
Today in class we practiced more of the past tense use of verbs. Lots of writing and speaking examples. It was a long morning. I was utterly exhausted from not sleeping all night and it was quite a struggle to keep my eyes open.
At the break I went in to the office to talk to Christina: my program manager. I told her I felt like going to the doctor might be a good idea. Her answer to me was that it could very well just be allergies (that she gets extreme chest congestion from allergies here) and that going to the doctor would basically end up costing a lot of money (and a hassle dealing with international insurance) and that they wouldn’t really do anything for me. She suggested I get an antihistamine from the pharmacy and try that tonight before I go to the doctor. So that’s the path I am going to take I suppose…I mean I know she is right, but it is scary to not feel able to breathe!
In the afternoon portion of the class we basically just talked—about the history of countries, about the political and educational systems and the similarities and differences (in Spanish). As tired as I am I was glad to get to go back home and just relax for a while.
I had lunch with my host mom and dad (the girls were out) and then at 5:00 I headed to the school for our hike. We walked about 15 minutes to the start of the trail and then about 30 minutes up the mountain (hill) to a monument of the virgin Mary and Jesus. The view from the top of the mountain was amazing! The hike was great fun because I haven’t exercised much since I got here, so I really enjoyed it.
On the way down Devon realized that she had lost the end of her ear bud (the little squishy soft thing). She was devastated they were her favorite pair, so I offered walk back on the trail and help her find it. Everyone was like “No way, it’s the same color as all of these rocks.” …otherwise known as “Sarah now it’s a challenge for you to find this thing!” Guess who’s eagle eyes never fail? I found it! Haha, that was fun! On the way back down to the town everyone stopped for tapas again. When we go that early in the night (8:00) no one else is there because most people don’t go out until later. So, our group just dominated the place and we sat and socialized for a while.
I headed home after about an hour because I was exhausted! When I got home, I just relaxed until dinner was ready. After dinner, my host mom gave me another round of the natural antibiotic thing. This time she showed me exactly what it is. Basically she sets up an electrical half-cell and silver ions from two charged silver rods are deposited into the water. And that is what you drink. Haha I want to do more research on this!
I am getting more and more comfortable with my host family every day! I am learning so much as loving my time. (My youngest host sister showing off her helmet at dinner lol! )
Highlight of the Day: Finally exercising!