So I’ve been going to classes at the facultad de filología hispanica (department of Spanish philology) at the Universidad de Sevilla for approximately a week or so. Wow, I can’t believe it’s only been a week. That seems a little crazy to me. I started off with 9 classes, but have since narrowed them down to three: historia y ficcion en hispanoamericano, etimología y lexicología historico de español, y sintaxis historico de español. They are all very interesting classes, or at least what I can understand in them since my Spanish skills are really not up to the level of the last two classes.
There are certain aspects of the University that I am still attempting to adjust to. La Fabrica itself is a gorgeous, if rather old, building. Our luxurious surroundings consist of hard slabs of wood on which to rest our butts and backs complete with useless microphones that date from the 1970s. On the other hand, we have random courtyards that contain beautiful fountains and are open to the sky. Just the other day I ran across a marble-floored, open air room (for lack of a better word) that seemed to serve no purpose and contained neither people nor furniture. I have no idea what it’s used for, but it was rather pretty. Also, the facultad is surrounded by absolutely beautiful greenery and rather surprisingly, a moat-like thing. Considering Sevilla’s dry climate I’m not sure what’s up with the moat, but it is definitely not used as such right now.
Besides the amazing architecture and greenery, the University has several other surprises in store for the unwary. Most importantly, how to go about getting books! Truthfully, I still have no idea. They give you pages and pages of books you should read and then just send you out into the great unknown. I finally found out where to get the equivalent of a small coursepack when everyone in class pulled them out during lecture and I looked around frantically for the exit, or a friendly face. But as for the other classes I guess I’ll have to find out quickly before the lectures quickly outpace my prior knowledge of the subjects which in all likelihood they already have.