Status update

So as you can probably tell, I have not been very good at keeping up with my blog. I have never been a writer or someone who likes to boast about my life and all that I am doing. I have thought about doing this for weeks and each time I walk Aviv, plan out what I am going to say but then I get home and I either do laundry or watch TV or do homework or go to school or cook dinner or something that prevents me from actually typing something out.

So a lot has happened since my last post, Back in School. I have now completed 5 weeks of Spanish classes at Nueva Lengua and it has been really awesome. Now your counting on your fingers five weeks and todays date and figuring there is a few weeks missing in there, well yes, I also went to Cali, Colombia (not California) to see the World Games 2013. Ill write more about that later.

So I have done 5 weeks of classes and met a lot of fantastic people. Oh and I have learned a lot too. More then the 2-3 years of Spanish in High School and tutoring. It makes sense here since I hear it reinforced around me once I leave school. I think being immersed in the language might be better for some, including me. We have focused on the basics verbs Ser, Estar, Hacer, and many regular and irregular verbs and over 20 pages of vocabulary words.  Now I am sure many want me to start writing in Spanish but I’m still trying to figure it all out. Hay muchas palabras.

En mi sala de estar de el apartamento, tengo un la hamaca es azul, mi calor favorito. La sala de estar tambien tiene hogar con muchas colores rectangular piedras. Tambien un al formbra verde.

Mi lugar favorito es Sydney, Australia. Es la principal ciudad end Australia. Es muy grande y es la bonita y es la limpia. Sydney tiene muchas cafes. Tiene un parque natural que se llama Bontanico jardin. Tiene muchas pajaros. El puerto es grande con intersante teatrode la opera.

Oh and I have met some fantastic people at the school. Not to mention the professors Lina, Alina, Maricela, Andres, Andrea. I have met students from all over the world, all different ages. Baltimore via Texas, Brazil, Switzerland, Germany, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Chicago, Salt Lake City, China, Japan, UK, Ireland, Atlanta via Dubai, Azerbaijan, Norway, and Canada. Did you know there are four official languages in Switzerland? French, German, Italian and Romansh. So anyway, I have three more weeks of classes and then will see what I do. Probably more schooling. It has been great except being a sardine ever morning on the Transmilenio Bus System here.

So after my four weeks of classes and before my fifth one, I went to Cali for the World Games, which is for non Olympic sports but in a Olympic style event. There were over 4000 athletes from all over the world who converged on Cali for two weeks to participate in a very interesting and wide array of sports. Some that were in the Olympics in the past and are no longer, some that are going to the olympics and some that may never be part of the big brother event.  I saw Ultimate Frisbee, Kakak Water Polo, Skydiving, Bocce, Gymnastics, Tug of War, Rugby 7s, Korfball, Orienteering. Other sports there that I did not get to see: Sumo Wrestling, Fin Swimming, Climbing, Karate, Softball, Roller Hockey, Speed Skating, Water Ski, Duathlon, Archery, Dancing, Fistball, Beach Handball, Racketball, Bowling, Squash, Billiards, and Power Lifting. I was there 11 days and saw a lot and people from all over. I also met some new great friends from Colombia and the UK. I also met the half sister of a family of boys I grew up with back in Bay Hills who lives in Cali. Was pretty cool. And probably one of the best things about Cali was that I was not as cold as Bogota is. Much warmer. It was clean, no potholes in the roads, traffic was not as bad, and the people were nice.

Swiss, UK, and Germany finals in Tug of War

Swiss, UK, and Germany finals in Tug of War

Ready for a match, AUS Women's team

Ready for a match, AUS Women’s team

Ultimate Frisbee Gold Medal Game, US wins.

Ultimate Frisbee Gold Medal Game, US wins.

Tough formation.

Tough formation.

Rowing towards the ball in the center of the pool.

Rowing towards the ball in the center of the pool.

Positioning the play, AUS Kayak Men’s Polo

Rosanna, Andres, and Alvero. New Friends

Rosanna, Andres, and Alvero. New Friends

Reflection

Reflection after Kayak Polo

Medals to be presented

Medals to be presented

UK pulling against Germany, Switzerland pulling against Ireland.

UK pulling against Germany, Switzerland pulling against Ireland.

Happy Swiss Gold Medal

Happy Swiss Gold Medal

The weather here in August has been typical of mid September in the Mid Atlantic Mid 60s during the day and 50s at night. We have had a few days of heavy rain or a random afternoon downpour. Otherwise it has been dry and windy. Andres and Aviv are well. I really have enjoyed living here. Being close to them has been important and its been a change from the norm back in the states.  Oh and today is another National Holiday, The Assumption of Mary, a catholic holiday so everyone is off from work or school. 20 holidays in total here. 14 Catholic and 6 civil holiday. Well thats all that I can muster out of mi cabaza, entonces hasta luego