Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cena? (Lightbulb) Oh..Escena

So, ballet this morning was amazing! (of course)  It's funny, when I was packing to come here I thought it was kind of crazy that I was packing my leotard, tights, and slippers, but now I'm happy I did!!  There are 7 other people in my class and the instructor is great!!  The class is definitely going to be a challenge, but I'm extremely excited for the rest of the semester.  It's definitely a great way to start out my Tuesdays and Thursdays!!  I have a feeling I'm going to live for Tuesdays and Thursdays here!  I have ballet and cine on Tuesdays and ballet and volunteering on Thursdays!  It's going to be great!  When I first walked into ballet this morning, I was given a boost of confidence because I met the instructor and she said I spoke Spanish pretty well.  That's the first time I've heard it while here and it made me really happy.  I can't wait to be speaking very well by December.  Also, I met two girls in the class who are very talented and nice so I'm excited to get to know them more as well.  (So much excitement here :))  Anyway the class was just like any other ballet class, for those of you who know the structure of a ballet class.  Also, I'm extremely happy that all of the ballet terms (which are French) are the same.  Can you imagine if I had to learn all those new terms?  I guess it would be fairly easy, I would just have to look at the move to know the translation, but luckily I don't have to do that.

For my Cine class tonight we watched a North American movie (a.k.a. one in English) that is called Far from Heaven (Lejos del Cielo).  It stars Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore and I would highly recommend this movie to see.  (For future reference, I will probably recommend every single movie I watch in this class)  Anyway, the movie is set in the 1950s and deals with love, homosexuality, and race.  It really was a great movie.  One thing that is really going to challenge me about this class is my listening skills.  After the movie, we had a discussion and it was hard to understand all of the students.  Sometimes I just couldn't hear them because it's a big room or sometimes they just speak so fast that I can't catch up or sometimes I just simply don't know whats going on.  For example, I understood the first part of the discussion más o menos and then I caught the word cena in the discussion and everybody keep talking about cena.  At this point, I stopped listening and I was trying to work out in my mind why everyone was talking about dinner (cena).  I kept thinking, 'yea, that part was kind of significant, but I don't know why we're talking so much about that one scene when so much other stuff happened.'  Then, I heard the word again and it hit me!  And I felt really dumb!!  The word they kept saying was escena, not cena.  Makes so much more sense!!  Escena is scene!! They kept talking about the scenes!  I just rolled my eyes at myself and kept listening after that.  I think next week I'm going to sit in the front of the classroom though so everyone is talking towards me so I can hear better.  Sounds like a plan, huh?!

I'm also in the process of figuring out what to do this weekend in Ica.  I am going with 3 other people, we already have our hostel booked, but we don't really have other plans than that.  I want to go sandboarding on Friday and fly over the Nazca lines on Saturday, but we'll see..there are so many options!  I'm sure you guys will be excited next week to find out what I did.

Anyway, again thank you so much for reading my blogs.  It makes me happy to know that people are reading and (sometimes) enjoying it!!  Make sure you pass it on to some of your friends and family!  I don't want them to miss out on all the fun and adventure!!! 


  1. You recommend every single movie ever

    And you definitely should go sand-boarding, that sounds amazing!!

  2. The Lines are a must they fascinate me.

  3. I just heard about the Earthquake. Ica felt it.... did you?