1 month in Uruguay/ ウルグアイでの1ヶ月を通して

August 30, 2017 — Leave a comment

I came to Uruguay 2017/08/02. This is the second time to visit Uruguay.

The purpose of the first visit to Uruguay last year was to meet the former president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica. And this second visit was to study under him that I was planing from two years ago.
I took all the credits at the college in Vancouver, afterwards I left Vancouver like I’m in a rush before I get my diploma from the school.

Before I get here and even now, I couldn’t speak Spanish at all. So, in fact, I wanted to go to Guatemala to study Spanish for 1 moths. Cos average tuition in Guatemala is cheap and basically most of lesson is one to one system. That’s the reasons why I wanted to go there. But I had no money poorly than I’ve thought, so I thought it would be somehow all right and went straight to Montevideo.
On 2 day since I got here, I went to his house. But on that day it was unfortunate that there was convention for serious political issue, which means he couldn’t accept any visitor as usual. The guy who is his guard and became my friend when I visited last time told me kindly so. But after the day, I’ve been thinking about something for nearly a month.
First of all, I can’t understand Spanish than I imagined. It’s quite serious problem. In my mind, there is some words that are similar to English, and somehow If I can feel what people are talking, I could understand. That what I thought before I get here. But it wasn’t so easy. Cos I knew I can’t even understand a normal conversation with friends at a hostel where I stayed. And I thought I can’t understand a political things even I can’t have a basic conversation first. I thought even if he accepts me pleasantly, I wouldn’t get much valuable information from him.

Secondly, I felt that I’m too ignorant about politics, world affairs, and world history, truly all.

And for the past month, I couldn’t afford to go to a language school, so I went to the library every weekdays and studied Spanish by myself.

For saving money, I’ve never eaten out, I cooked every day and reduced number of daily meal from 3 to 2 times. Average of my daily meal were about US$ 5. I ate almost the same thing everyday. For breakfast with lunch was bread with Caramel milk jam for taking more calories, for dinner I ate pasta with a pack of tomato source. When about 3 weeks past, some my friend started to say “Hey Kaito, you eat past again! Everyday pasta boy!” I was almost a pasta king haha.

It was almost a month that I decided to stop visiting him until I get better Spanish skill.  So I’ve been focusing on studying Spanish.

2017/08/02から今回で2度目の訪問とウルグアイで1ヶ月を過ごした。

昨年の第1回ウルグアイ訪問の目的は、ウルグアイの前大統領であるホセムヒカに会う為。そして、今回2度目にウルグアイを訪れた目的は、2年前から考えていた、彼の元で勉強する事だった。

バンクーバーのカレッジの単位を全て履修して、後は卒業証書待ちというところで急いでバンクーバーを出て、ウルグアイのモンテビデオに来た。

1ヶ月経った今現在もそうだが、僕は渡航当時、全くスペイン語なんて喋れなかった。だから本当は、授業料が安く、更に一対一が基本のグアテマラに1ヶ月スペイン語を勉強しに行きたかったのだが、思っていたよりも全然金が無く、どうにかなるだろうと思って直でモンテビデオに来た。

ウルグアイ到着後、2つ日目に彼の家を訪ねた。けど、その日は運悪く、ウルグアイの政治的にとても大事な局面の為の会談があり、丸1日訪問者を受け入れられないとの事だった。それは以前訪問した際に友達になった彼の警備の人が快く教えてくれた。まあ仕方ないと思いその日はその場を後にしたのだが、その後1ヶ月近く考えた。

まず1つ目に、想像していたよりもスペイン語がわからない。想像では英語と似ている単語があるし、心を通わせればなんとかなるだろうと考えていたのだが、彼に会う前に、滞在していたホステルの友達との普通の会話ですら理解できなくて、まず基本的な会話もできないのに政治的な話なんて絶対に理解できず、もし彼が快く僕を受け入れてくれたとしても、僕が彼から得られる事は少ないと思った。

2つ目に、自分が政治、世界情勢、そして世界史、全てにおいてさすがに無知すぎると非常に感じた。

そして、この1ヶ月、現地の語学学校に行く金も無いから、平日は毎日図書館に通い1人でスペイン語の勉強をした。

金がほとんど無いから、一度も外食せずに、基本1日2食US$5に抑えて生活した。毎日ほぼ同じものを食べた。朝昼兼用でパンとカロリーの取れるキャラメルミルクジャム、夜はパスタとパックのトマトソース。さすがに3週目ぐらいになると、またKaitoはパスタか!と言われた。

スペイン語ができるようになるまでは彼のを訪問するのは止めようと決めて、スペイン語を勉強して生活した、そんな1ヶ月だった。

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