November 4, 2011: Darling clementine

In class today, our teacher showed us around a Spanish-learning website made by the Cervantes Institute, which had many clever and entertaining language exercises. It might be a good resource to continue working on my Spanish once I return to the U.S. — although there are no price quotes on the website, and I suspect it may be too expensive. Still, it’s well-designed, so I’ll keep it in the back of my mind.

Do you know what I’m not going to do? I am not going to bring back an entire suitcase of presents for my niece. It’s v. tempting, though. I keep coming across embroidered baby clothes and intriguing wooden toys. I had a lovely chat with a toy-seller today, when I stopped to look at his wares. I’m not sure whether my listening skills are getting better, or if he was dumbing down his Spanish for me (probably the latter), but it was heartening.

Meanwhile, I discovered that four clementines only cost about $0.30 USD. For decades, it’s been my seasonal habit to overdose on satsuma mandarin oranges around Christmastime. I think clementines will be an adequate substitute.

When I grow up, I want to be a bookstore-window cat. What a life!

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