Week 3 – Have you ever studied or taken classes on a trip? What did you study, and perhaps more importantly, what did you learn while on that trip? What would you like to learn on your travels this year?
I’m (attempting badly) to learn Spanish right now. This is actually the first class or thing I’ve tried to study on a trip before. Mostly cause my trips usually involve long days of driving cross-country to a gig to work 17 hour days building steel. So I don’t study much.
I also suck at languages. So we’ll see how this works out. I actually failed English (my own and only language people) 3x in college.
YES, I AM SO AMERICAN I CANT EVEN SPEAK MY OWN FUCKING LANGUAGE!
But I am learning a lot of grammar here. And my teacher (and friend) is…guess what..
A Professional Storyteller!
Tell me how cool that is. Yea, and I’m talking like middle ages storytellers. She gets paid to tell people made up shit for a living. I can’t wait to go see her and other storytellers perform. I didn’t even know there was such a thing. But there is. There’s even conventions and stuff for it I’m finding out. (This photo comes from her training to also be a hospital clown. Like Patch Adams style. That will be another blog post).
Oh, I was on a topic….
What did I (am I ) learn (ing) in these Spanish classes?
The fact that I’m calling these classes “SPANISH CLASSES” is just a cover story, because if everyone knew that ‘Spanish’ really meant ‘Interpretive Dance’ then the whole of Medellin would be knocking down the hostel door trying to get their own lessons, and these are my lessons people. MINE.
On my travels this year I would like to learn…
1. How the hell can I grow or surgically add a working prehensile tail to my backside.
Do you know how badass I would be in the roadie-rigging world if I had a prehensile tail. Plus I could just hang out in the ceiling all day and swoop down and blow on your ear, scaring the crap out of you, thus causing you to drop your coconut cookies (I love the coconut cookies here) and then I can steal them all for myself.
2. TO SPEAK SPANISH
3. If Spanish doesn’t work out so hot, I’m thinking of going for !Kung or Icelandic.
4. The winning lottery numbers for the next 12 Megabucks and Powerball.
This Spanish thing is my first attempt to take classes or similar while traveling. I love my informal ‘classes’. They are just me and my friend, and I get to learn words, slang, and culture all at the same time. Learning from a friend is awesome. Especially when you realize you’ve been having ‘class’ for 6 hours because we are just having to much fun going through a little kids book she bought me and going off on funny learning tangents.
Hopefully at some point this will pay off and I can start speaking Spanish above a 2 year old level.
But then again, I did fail English (my first and only language) 3 times in school….
This is part of Boots n All 2012 Indie Travel Challenge. I’m doing this in hopes of becoming a more consistent and better travel-blogger. If I don’t waste all my time searching for my own personal Doctor Moreau. Though I bet I would get great photos and posts from an island like that…. and maybe a cool prehensile tail….