Lucas, Brad and I have become good friends already. We all came here at the same time and knew no one else, so it was without a doubt a great starting point to get to know one another. Luckily we get along like a house on fire and it’s become natural that we do stuff together all the time. I really appreciate having ended up with them as my flatmates after all! (I could have ended up with God knows what…)
I wasn’t short on having people back home (people with loads of “insight”) tell me that I must better not even think about hanging out with people who didn’t speak Spanish, and that I would have to – at all times – surround myself with people I could only speak with– and be spoken to in Spanish.
But first of all, where do I meet all these people to speak Spanish with? Do I go up to people in the street asking them if they want to be my friend? (Don’t think so…) At school everyone I meet (obviously) are foreigners, and there are no Spanish people at home etc. I have no job to meet Spanish people.
Secondly, let’s say I did meet someone I could talk to only in Spanish, how would I build a friendship with someone I can’t really communicate with? A typical introduction with where you’re from, your age, and what you’re doing is a good way to start getting to know someone, but what do you do when the vocabulary somehow stops there? You can’t build a significant friendship when you don’t have a common language? Or have I missed out on something here…?
I see their point and I understand it would be ideal, but in the meantime I am enjoying the friendship that has grown so quick with these two great guys. Friends are important and it’s good to have someone to share these experiences with. We are all three foreigners in this country experiencing things that are so different from what we’re used to, and it’s nice and fun to have someone to share thoughts and experiences with over a glass of wine or some tapas. Or both.