With every new location comes great responsibility.* To immerse in the local culture, make new friends, explore new activities, discover new facets of your own self.
This time, we’ve moved halfway around the world, to exotic Peru. Souvik has been here for a while, and I’ve only just arrived in Lima. Fully loaded with my city bicycle, a paltry supply of desi spices, and a smattering of essential Spanish phrases such as por favor and gracias.
The last bit – that needed to change pronto – and a quick search led me to El Sol – la escuela de español – just down the street from home. Entonces, hace 8 semanas y un pequeño descanso que estoy aprendiendo español…
Remember that joyful moment in school after all the exams that you thought you were rid of grammar, tenses, moods, and after the appearance of computers, spelling even?
That has come back to bite me all these years later. In a new idioma.
I try telling myself that learning keeps the mind younger. As schools go, El Sol is fantástico. But the preteritos and subjunctivos, objectos and pronombres, tareas (homework!!!) and examen are enough to drive me just a li’l crazy by the end of each week, and I look forward to the weekly pisco sour we share to toast the newly graduated.
The eyes need help to keep up. I have a choice of glasses for classes, and my best friend these days is the prescription progressive. Not a tense, just a lens.
* Yes, you’ve heard that somewhere.