For the first month we are here we take classes in a house owned by the University of California. Before the house was purchased by the University, it was many things, including the place where NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, was signed (the room is pictured below). Needless to say, the house is gorgeous. I also included the two pictures at the right that show what the house looked like back in the 1950s, when it was an upper-class mansion.
Every morning we have two hours of Contemporary Mexican History, followed by two hours of Spanish in the afternoon. The "we" are 12 girls and Ramón, all of us from different UCs. The poor guy is a good sport about it, and even puts up with the group being addressed as "chicas"--in Spanish, a group of girls is referred to in the feminine (chicas, niñas, etc), but the presence of even one guy necessitates the masculine (chicos, niños). In our case, we decided one boy wasn't enough for us all to be addressed as "chicos."
As an added bonus, here are some pics of my parents pretending to sign NAFTA: