We started off taking it easy Thursday morning. We
eased in with introductions, anxieties and
excitement. We turned to Oswaldo, the second level
Spanish professor for advice on culture shock.
Shortly after, the students had their first menú
experience, with lunch at a local venue, after which
the students were guided in the art of taking
money out of the ATM, changing money on the
street or in the store and buying phone cards. The
afternoon was spent talking about transportation,
communication, food and host families. Shortly
after that we met our host families for the first
time. Some felt like puppies waiting to be adopted.