Saturday afternoon, I came home from the second part of my course. You can read about the first part here and see pictures of what my hotel room and the surrounding area looked like. This time, I had a room that looked exactly the same, just everything mirrored, and at the opposite end of the first floor up. The surrounding area had changed in that the season has advanced; there was now a lot more green on the trees than last time, as you will see in my next posts when I'll ask you to join me on some of the walks I undertook each day after lessons.
This is the front of the hotel. All very new; it only opened a year or two ago.
The other side of the building, as I saw it every day on my way back from class (the building where our lessons took place was just a few steps along the same road, which is why I chose this hotel.) My room is on the first floor above the stilts, the one to the far left of the building.
The breakfast room. This picture is from my mobile, which explains the bad quality. Hotel guests can have free hot and cold drinks and fresh fruit (something I took advantage of) all day long until 10.00 pm. Breakfast is the standard continental buffet type; nothing special, but as far as I could tell (I did not try everything there), of good enough quality.
One evening while revising in my room, I was distracted from my notes by an extremely bright glow outside. It had been a grey overcast day, and all of a sudden, the sun broke through, already sinking, lighting up the entire building on the other side of the road. This picture doesn't really do it justice - the glow was so brightly pink and golden, it looked unreal.
I enjoyed classes just as I had done during the first week of the course, but I must admit I found the Thursday and Friday a lot more knackering than I'd expected. Monday to Wednesday were easier in that classes ended between 4.30 and 5.00 pm. Thursday, we had a brief oral exam; each of us had been given a topic to present in 10 minutes maximum, and we all sat in while the others gave their presentations. That meant finishing at 7.00 pm, which is quite a long day if you've been at lessons since 8.30 in the morning and not exactly used to such academic work. The Friday was another long day until 6.00 pm, and our teacher on that day was a true expert in his field (IT security), and a very kind man - but not the most gifted of speakers. It was difficult to stay focused, and by late afternoon I was so tired I really had to struggle not to fall asleep (and I wasn't the only one). I was so tired that I was very much tempted to just retreat to my room and lay down after the end of the lesson, but I pulled myself together and went for what turned out to be the most interesting walk I'd had all week. No revising that night, though!
I took these "before" and "after" pictures of our classroom with my mobile phone.
Next time I'll be back there will be at the end of June. On the Friday of that third week, we'll have to write our final exams for several subjects. Until then, I will be good and do some more (lots more, actually!) revising.