Receptionists: We play a more vital role than one might think

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There is always this thought that comes to mind when it comes to receptionists and that is, some might think that we do not play an important role, but it is the contrary. When people come into a building before going back, they have to check in with us first. We are the ones who knows who does what in the building. When you call somewhere, we get you into the right hands to get the info that you need. We also do data entries, schedule appointments, and plenty of other little odds and ends. So the next time you see a receptionist, know that he or she plays a great role and does a lot to keep the place running. Our job is small, but it has a great impact. 😊

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Life In Spain!

It is now coming to the end of my second week here in Spain. Within these two weeks I have learned so much. I now know how to get to the supermarket, to the garden where I take my dog to do his needs, and I am now starting to learn how to get to the ISA office. Then after this route is accomplished, I will be learning how to get to my building where my classes are going to be starting in September. My classes will take place in a building on Calle Toro which stands for Bull street. Kind of a cool name no? It has not been alll work though, I have been able to have some fun as well. I have gone swimming a couple of times, and soon I am going to visit a museum here in Salamanca. today I am going to meet locals and practice my Spanish. I already do that at the house because my host mother does not speak any English, and even if she did, I would not speak it. It will be a good way to make some local friends hopefully. 🙂 I have met some of my host mother’s family and friends, and friends of her daughters. It’s been definitely memorable here so far and a good time. I have learned so many things about disabilities. I have also learned that when it comes to certain things, I just need to go with the flow and do things differently even if it’s something that I was not taught or I do not like. For instance counting steps. I absolutely cannot stand that, but here it’s what they want me to do at times. I have learned that I have to choose my battles. Sometimes it’s just better to keep your mouth shut and to go with it even if you don’ think it’s right or it drives you insane. I don’t like counting my steps for many reasons. One, it’s horrible, you can always miss count and turn in the wrong direction. This Tuesday I start sitting in on a class so that way I can seee what it is like. The class is going to last four hours… I am not looking forward to that at all. If my History of Spain class lasts that long, gosh so ever help me. It better not last that long. I don’t want to hear about History for four hours. I hate History. Welcome to Europe though, this is called adapting to a new education system and how things work. I really do enjoy going to school over here I promise, but I just hate how long the classes are. That’s the only complaint. The weather has been tolerable and today it is getting up to ninety five degrees F. The food is so good over here. I have eaten things that I thought I would never touch such as yesterday, I had a garbanza bean salad. It was good. However when I come back to America, I do not want to see lettuce for a long time. Lol. In my freetime, I have been reading, looking up internships, and of course playing with my dog. I am enjoying it here and I hope to make life long friends in the future. Sorry for some grammar errors, but I cannot find the hyphen on my bluetooth keyboard.

Welcome to Salamanca!!

I arrived to Salamanca last Friday! It’s hard to believe that I have been here for almost a week now. Right now, I am on vacation. My classes start in September, but in August, I am going to sit in on a class to see what it will be like and so that way I can tell my professors what I will need from them. I am pretty excited, but I know it is not going to be easy. I am glad to have a break before commencing my classes. Salamanca is fairly a small town. I am very close to the Plaza Mayor. When you go out at night, you see many people drinking coffee with their friends, eating, socializing, etc. I am slowly learning how to get to places independently. Fuller is doing exceptionally well. He is such a hard worker. I don’t know what I would do without him. He is my rock. When I feel lonely, or when I am missing America, I just hold him and think, ” He is on this journey with me too.” There will also be other students in the house with me and that makes me happy. I am not a person that likes to be alone, lol. That’s all there really is to report for now.

More things are getting crossed off the to-do list!!

Today I got more things taken care of such as opening up a new bank account! The more I do though, the more things come up lol. I am still in shock that I will actually be gone from America for six months! But, it’s a good shock, a happy one! This will be the longest that I have ever been out of the country. Someone told me today that I should be a Spanish teacher. Hmmm… I’ll keep that as a back-up plan incase the interpreting thing somehow did not workout. But it will because I’m not giving up until it does. As crazy as this is going to sound, I am planning out my next summer as well. I never plan in life, but when you’ve only got three semesters left of college, it’s time to start thinking and doing. So what may I possibly be doing next summer? I am hopefully going to do volunteer work or turn it into an internship. But one thing at a time. First, I am going to go to France and Spain, and enjoy every second of it!! I am not going to think about next summer or the crazy semester that I am going to face when I get back. I am ready to go on this journey and I am ready to have my guide dog by my side the whole way!!! Also, thank goodness for Skype, and iMessage, and so on. Lol. Tomorrow Fuller goes to the vet to get a few shots that he will need for Europe, and to see how the paperwork is going for the EU. I cannot believe that I leave not this Sunday, nor the next Sunday, but the one after that!! Finally what I have wanted for so long is finally happening and coming true!!!

The Official Countdown!!!

It’s now down to three and a half weeks before I leave to do my studies in Europe! Finally on Tuesday evening, I got everything for the Gilman taken care of. Now all there is left to do is pack, get Fuller’s puppy passport as I like to call it, take care of some other small things, and then we will be ready to go. It’s getting so close! time is flying!

Fuller’s Perspective

Today mom and I went to one of her friends sons graduation! As she pulled out my harness to get me ready to go, I was eager to put it on!  I am always ready to work! I love my job. I always wagg my tail whenever I do myjob! We got to the place where the ceremony took place. It was a huge crowd, and it was crazy. However, I did my job and guided her around people and made sure I did my clearances well. I am a show-off. I enjoy working around obstacles, and I always want to be in the lead. Whenever I can’t, mom always has to tell me to steady, and even though I don’t want to, I just want to go around the people and be the one leading, I obey and do my job like I am supposed to.  I even laid on the floor and for once, she did not have to correct me for sniffing. I laid there just like I am supposed to until the ceremony was finished, then we headed for the party afterwords. The bond between us grows stronger each day.  Then after the party, we came home. we played and then had some cuddle time. Mom always makes it a habbit to cuddle with me at least once aday, if not twice. I love laying on her lap, and I love the massages!  I am grateful for life, friends, family, and my dog. Life is good. Please do know, that I know that when my dog is having to walk in a group of people, and he tries to take me around them, and I tell him to steady, I know he is not really wanting to be in the lead, I know in his mind he probably is thinking it’s and obstacle, I just like to give him a personality. 🙂