Everyday considerations: “Hmm, it’s been over a month; I should swap in a new pair of contact lenses. Good plan! But I should wait until the weekend, just in case I run into tear gas downtown this week. It would suck to get tear gas in a fresh pair of contacts. Much better for the old pair.”
We had our subjunctive test, which took almost the entire class-day. The oral examination was entertaining, though: I got to wax poetic about the legalization and ramifications of drugs.
Afterward, I went to lunch with schoolmate E. (of Austria). On the way there, we passed by an unusual scene: an army of workers in red jackets and blue hard hats, all tugging in unison on a cable that led down into a deep hole. A game of tug of war with the sidewalk.
A few days ago, I asked the Internet about the red-flowered tree that I had found amongst the jacarandas. The general consensus is genus Erythrina (coral tree). Today, I went back to look closer at the flowers, and that seems a probable identification. What a funny-looking, interesting fella.
At the grocery, I discovered yet another unfamiliar fruit, labelled nispero. I grabbed two of them, and then came home to Google what they are. The dictionary says that nispero means medlar, a fruit I had only ever heard of in Shakespeare. I think they may actually be loquats (or “Japanese medlars”); evidently the U.S. imports loquats from Chile in November and December, so that would make more sense. Either way, I’ve never tried them — but soon I shall!
Here are some botanical doodles I did yesterday in Spanish class. One of them started out as a Spanish bluebell, but ended up a bit more succulent-y. The other is intended to be a tulip (you may have heard of them).