After arriving at the hotel, we all received keys to our hotel rooms. This will be our home for the next week, and get this... the key is a magnet! It is the coolest thing ever! It doesn't open other doors thoughm, :( :). Our Director told us to try our hardest not to fall asleep until after 8 at night. Easier said than done when the hour difference is 7 hours. :) All of our eyes were glossy, but I think we managed.
We had a few "classes" of safety and things to know about the city today. We also had a lot of time to explore and walk around. Honestly, I love being able to walk! It is beautiful and so clean!(except for the dog droppings everywhere...). We were able to walk by one park and quite a few stores.
The two new experiences I had today were: changing money and eating!
First with changing money, I learned how to use a european atm. I am still not used to the currency. 2 euros is a coin then the 20 is a bill. They are so itsy-bitsy and cute! But the exchange rate is pretty terrible :(.
The eating is the biggest change. I was expecting pretty small portions, but far apart. Far from what I found out. Lunch was not too different; we had two sandwiches (one cheese and one ham... or as some of made it- mixed) and a fruit. Supper was the big difference. We all walked in to supper at about 8:15 pm. As soon as we sat down, we were served a full plate of a potato quiche and salad. It was delicious! Then as soon as I ate that completely, thinking that was everything was finished, they brought out another full plate of sausage and potato/beans. I very full and extremely tired after the first plate "had to leave to find my roomate :)". I found out later that there is another full dessert course as well! All I can say is: DELICIOUS! :).