Okay, so I totally don't have time to be doing this, but my mom is demanding more stories, so I will try to get started telling you all about my weekend excursion as I'm getting ready for school.
First I should say that I did go out Thursday night, and probably stayed out later than I should have. Well, no, I didn't stay out late, I just stayed up late packing. (Going out was totally worth it; at one of the clubs we went to, they played 'Rapper's Delight' by the Sugarhill Gang, and that just about made my week.) Friday morning (we never have classes on Fridays) we had to be at the center at 7:30am to get on buses.I need to take a time out real quick to introduce you to Ángel, one of the IES staff. He's very funny, and very adorable, though not intentionally. Basically the way he moves sort of reminds me of Jack off of Will & Grace, and he always has his hands clasped in front of him. He starts every announcement with "Chicos!" It's very entertaining.
We lucked out because he was the teacher on our bus. He kept us informed and entertained the entire journey.
Our first stop was. . . well, I don't actually remember where it was, but we stopped at a hotel and had a nice big breakfast. I was totally creeped out by the guy who sat next to us- by his voice, really. For those of you familiar with Harvey Fierstein, it sounded like that. For those of you not familiar with him, he was Yao in Mulan (his best work in my opinion) and the original Edna Turnblad in Hairspray the musical. Here's a clip of him singing to Kathie Lee Gifford: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11r6iJCcypY&NR=1
So then we got back on the road and headed to the region/city of León, the main attraction of which is the cathedral. Our tour guide gave us a remedial lesson in Gothic architecture which I almost totally ignored. She missed the announcement that the cathedral would close at 1:30, and was still talking as they were trying to shoo us out. I don't have any pictures from inside the cathedral, because there were signs everywhere asking us not to take pictures (I think I was the only one who saw them though). Here are a few pics from outside the cathedral.
More later, I'm going to be late for class.