Did I honestly think I could give up sports after about 16 years of playing them. I could say yes, but I think that I would be lying to myself. I hear about this soccer team and I jump right on board. The last time I played soccer competatively was before high school. My strongest memories of playing soccer consist of the one time I threw up playing a sport in my life after running what felt like a half marathon and crying and begging my mom to let me skip my club soccer practice because I hate it so much. Looks like sports have quite the impact on mi vida.
But to be quite honest, there is so much you can learn by playing team sports. After just two practices, not only is my coloquial Spanish improving, but I am making new Spanish friends who, even though they can speak un poquito ingles they speak to us in Spanish to help us learn. Today after first practicing outdoors for an hour and a half and then practicing indoor for an hour one of my teammates asked if we wanted to grab some cominda y cervezas. I am pretty sure I was the first one to shout "Si!" So we grabbed our things and headed to the bar the team goes to after every game. We went downstairs and I enjoyed my first cerveza con limon (half beer half lemon fanta) it was DELICIOUS!! That will most likely continue to be my drink of choice. We enjoyed some tapas like potatas y Spanish tortillas (which are like potatoes pancakes kind of and can have onion in them...rather tasty. We had some conversations (in spanish/spanglish) about bull fights and class and things we enjoy doing in our free time. Then they proceeded to tell us that they have won only uno partido en cuatro anos!!!! (For you non-spanish speakers that is ONE GAME IN FOUR YEARS!!!!) We probably laughed for 10 minutes after that and I can't wait for our first game this Thursday when we play the best team in the league. Last time they played them we lost 20-0 and the other team took it easy on them. They said when they won their only game it was like the biggest fiesta en el mundo and they celebrated by going to a discoteca. I can only hope that we win some games because I definitely do NOT like losing :)
So I'm looking forward to a really fun season with lot of fun people and a great coach.
Tomorrow after class I am headed to the Renia Sophia museum to check out some Picasso artwork.