I just want to start by pointing out that it's sunny outside right now. Notice the time-stamp on this entry. If I were in the States right now, or in Madrid, it would most definitely not be sunny still becuase it's January and we all know that in January it gets dark early. I mean, the sun won't fully disappear around here for at least another 2 hours. Just a thought ;)
On top of that, this afternoon I walked into a little internet café place at the corner where the bus drops me off every day. I had some reasearch to do for a presentation so I was willing to pay the price. I sit down, and they guy next to me (who happens to work here) started to play a little Rebecca St. James, Jaci Velasquez, and other AMAZING Christian music in English... I mean, for real. What an encouragement... God, you are too good to me!
All this is exciting to me, but you might want to know more details about my daily life here. Things are going great! I'm enjoying getting to know my family more, and I'm finally feeling oriented in the city... and starting to really fall in love with it. Scary, I know. Classes are going pretty well, although this week is pretty rough. I probably should be more stressed than I am. I have a presentation due tomorrow, a test on Thursday, and rough draft of my 5-8pg term final paper due on Monday. After that, however, the workload is all downhill. I mean, my classes here end on Feb. 12, and I don't have a final in Lit because we have the paper. Still don't really have any chilean friends, but I'm thoroughly enjoying the companionship of my fellow Furman students and am thinking that not making native friends will make the leaving easier, perhaps?!?! I tell you, living in a foreign country(ies) sure gives one some good stuff to think about.
As a final note, we "toured" the Ritz-Carlton here today. The only one in South America, and it's pretty impressive. It's new within the last 6 months so they have promotional prices. A few of us are thinking about splitting a room the last night we are here... what do you think ;)
Well, folks, I'm out for the evening/week/whatever. Look forward to hearing from you -- my news from "up-north" has been minimal lately, and I'm thinking that all my friends fell off the planet ;)
Soli Deo Gloria...