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lindamarlen’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2008

Location: Cyprus

MapIt was raining cats and dogs today! In fact, for a few minutes, I think it hailed. It all happened so quickly! I got up to shower and it started to thunder. I thought to myself, 'Here we go again.' And when I was showering, I COULD HEAR the thunder and rain. This was nothing compared to last time. We were literally right under the storm. I took some pictures, I'll post them up soon. It was crazy! I was debating on whether I should go to class or not; I have to walk, you know. I was about to call my professor when I heard it get lighter. Don't get me wrong, it was still raining pretty hard, but the wind relaxed and the thunder seemed to have moved on. I had to be in class no matter what though, because I was going to miss Monday and possibly Wednesday because I am going to Egypt!

Yesterday was my brother's birthday...and tomorrow is my dad's 50th birthday. I spoke to my dad today and I asked him how he felt to be half a century and he laughed. In spanish, he said, "I may be old but I still live life as if I was younger than you." And you know, my dad is the clown of the family. By appearance, he looks like a vato loco, but he is the goofiest in the family. I'm definitely sad that I'm missing his big birthday, especially since the whole family will be there...with a mariachi and all (and we've never had a mariachi for a birthday), but I am over the fact that I am missing these big events. What am I gonna do? I wouldn't be in anyone's shoes but mine right now :) Even though I miss home, it's not as bad as I thought it would be...I call home or I receive a call from home at least once a day. If I'm bored, I'll call my mom twice, just to bug her. But I love hearing from them.

I have had a great day today. It was very productive, I got some great news from my financial aid office, I enjoyed my classes more than usual, and I can safely say that I am ready for the GRE. Well...I'm ready as I can be, and I have come to accept them. Now I just need to focus on sleeping better and resting, because I haven't had enough of that in the past week. I dont even have midterms this week, but I am growing gray hairs. Everyone else that's not in my program (the GLS kids are all broken up into 4 different programs and mine is the smallest) is having midterms this week, and you can see it in their eyes that they are stressed. I feel the pain!

I made another Cypriot friend today!! Her name is Elena, and....I know this is bad....but we were complaining about our professor (who I think is from another planet). We just don't like how he talks down to us and treats us like we don't know anything. It is SO hard to learn when you're treated that way. I have to bite my tongue on most days. I always respect my teachers and their credentials...but some people are not made for teaching.

By now, I have learned that the Cypriot locals are not going to come up to me. My program director told me they are straight out shy, mainly because of the language barrier. I thought it was just because they didn't like me. So I have to build up some courage and start conversations like I would back home. I went in to the GLS office today to tell them of my plan to start a new organization on campus, and they also told me that several students have come in the office and expressed how hard it has been to mingle with the locals. This new organization, I have named it Global Learning Semesters Student Association (GLSSA), is going to help bring the American culture with the Cypriot. Im soooo excited! Long story short, I have managed to collect about 20 signatures from my GLS folks. There are definitely more, but they were all that I could find today. I wull submit the form tomorrow so we can get the approval process started right away.