I received my student visa on August 30th so I can officially tell you that I will leaving for Spain in about two weeks!
My flight leaves on September 27th from Columbia, SC and I should arrive in Madrid, Spain for my orientation. After orientation, I travel to my assigned schools which are located in Haro, La Rioja. If you look at the map, you can see that La Rioja is south of País Vasco (Basque country), west of Castilla y León, east of Barcelona and north of Madrid.
I will be an english language assistant at an elementary school and an adult language school from October-June. If I decide that I want to stay in Spain, I could extend for two school years in different areas. And no, I don't plan on staying to marry Juan, Paco, Carlos, Pablo, etc. Everyone thinks that I'll come back with a spanish husband since I've mostly been to spanish speaking countries. My coworker intends to kidnap me in a burlap bag and bring me back to the states if I get married. We'll see...
Even though I'll be working in Haro, I think I may live in the capital Logroño so that I can continue with my dancing.
Yes, my dancing. I've been involved in ballroom and latin dancing since November, and I absolutely love it. I know some of you are surprised. When I told my cousin, he said "You don't dance. You don't even talk!" Yeah, I know. It's a challenge, because I have to be sassy. If you want to see me sass a bit (still working on it) then you should come out and see me on September 24th.
I'll be competing as a beginner in the Augusta Mini Match. The event is at the American Legion Post 63 on Milledge rd. The event is from 11am-3pm and tickets are $20 for entrance and $15 for lunch. I'll be competing in nine dances: waltz, foxtrot, tango, salsa, cha cha, swing, bolero, samba, rumba.
If you can make it to the day event, then come to the Starlight Ball (semiformal/formal dress) from 7:30pm-11:00pm at the same location. The tickets are $20 and includes entrance, dessert buffet, and a show from 9pm-10pm. I will be in two group performances.
This will be the last time that some of you will probably see me before I leave for Spain.
Contact me if you want to attend either or both of the events. Also check back later for some more details about La Rioja.