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Making the Dreaded Plans Already

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Time is flying! My parents called me today to tell me that they officially bought their tickets to come out for graduation. No turning back now, I guess! They also started talking about all of the things they wanted to do when they were out here. Let me tell you, they are trying to cram A LOT of stuff into three days! But that's only natural, seeing as it's my dad's second time out to Boulder and my mom's fifth. My mom has seen a lot of things and been a lot of places, but my dad hasn't been able to yet. My dad is set on getting up to Estes park, which will be really fun. Last time we were there, at the beginning of my sophomore year (ah, so long ago!) we ate at one of the best Mexican restaurants ever. It was super authentic and delicious, and obviously my dad has been looking forward to going back there for two years, so we'll have to do that!

In other news, the semester has finally picked up and is roaring ahead! Thankfully, there are no major assignments due yet, at least for me! I would have to say my favorite class this semester so far is Catalan for Spanish Speakers. While it may sound like an odd class to take, it is really fun! There are only two other people in the class with me, which is a totally new experience for me. Language classes at CU Boulder are generally very small to allow for one on one work with the professor and more practice speaking, but this is by far the smallest class I have ever taken! But it's definitely a good thing, because Catalan is HARD! It's a combination of French, Spanish, and Italian, and while I speak two out of the three of those languages and understand all three, the pronounciation is unreal! I'm having a super hard time with it now, but hopefully it will start getting better with more practice! It's also a great class because we're not just learning a language, we're learning about a complex and interesting culture, that is very involved in the public eye today, especially in Catalunya, a region in Spain. We learned the other day that the Catalunyan government has declared independence from Spain, but the Spanish government has refuted it. For me, this is obviously interesting, seeing as I was in Spain just a year ago, and my friends are currently studying in Barcelona! Plus, being a fan of international affairs, it will be interesting to see how it all plays out in the future!

Well that's all for now! I hope everyone has a great week!

Julia
Italian • Boston, MA

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