9:00 am - Our class finally meets all our deans. They remind us that we can still be silly by jokingly arguing over what department (Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences or Engineering) is the centerpiece of a liberal education.
9:35 am - Discussing the summer reading assignment (Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf) with the rest of the girls on my floor and a faculty member.
10:07 am - Get on the bus to Downtown Campus, drenched in sweat, once again.
12:22 pm - Rodrigo and I discuss English versus Spanish and decide that Spanish is more consistent than English in structure, and that English gets to the point more quickly than Spanish.
4:02 pm - Walk to the currency exchange with Nino. We get a touristy picture taken across from Sama.
4:16 pm – New currency in tow, we head to Al Safa and do some housewife-worthy shopping. We pick up some much-needed toilet paper, laundry detergent, trash bags, and toiletries. Oh, and some Kinder eggs. According to Nino it’s unacceptable that I have never had one.
5:33 pm - Hanging out on the 8th floor. Rodrigo and Davit bought some bread (Brand name: Tasty. Color: pure white), cheese slices, and around eight packs of Reese’s. Rodrigo likes to eat them together.
6:05 pm - Bonding conversations about IHOP versus Waffle House, McDonald’s in the U.S. versus McDonald’s in Latin America, and Burger King in the U.S. versus Burger King in Paraguay. Earth-shattering stuff right here.
7:40 pm – The Variety Show proves that our class is insanely talented but also knows how to have fun. We are continuously pushed to eat “Marhaba” decorated cupcakes.
9:43 pm - A large group of us hops into taxis headed to Lebanese Express, a coffee shop and shisha bar. Tons of cabs pile up on Electra Street and there is honking everywhere.
11:52 pm - I take out all the trash that has accumulated over the past three days. Go me!
1:17 am - Watching Heathers in the eighth floor lounge.