IUP Valladolid program

Shelly Baldwin

Joined Jul 20 2011
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57 years old
Harrisburg PA
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I went to Valla in 1983. I lived with Barb Colony on Calle Navarra 2.  Teachers names I remeber: Jesus Urrea, Ricardo de la Fuente, Maria Jose Crespo as the administrator. 

I remember the beautiful peacocks in Campo Grande, chocolate y churros, Monte Sol. 

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Reply Jim Kirchner
1:00 PM on October 24, 2012 
Shelly, sorry if I tainted your memory of Jesús Urrea. I was positive that all the women in our group called him that. Maybe it was just a small faction. Not the 1st time my memory has failed me.
Remember how we all got along so well with Ricardo de la Fuente, and how cool and accomodating he was, going out for drinks and doing stuff with us? Well, that news reached the incoming 1983 group and they all thought he was going to be all fun and games from the get go. They did not earn their right to hang out with him the way we did in 82. He ended up despising almost all of those guys in the 1983 group because they were so rowdy and disrespectful. Fascinating dynamics, as I recall.
I saw Jocelyn Danielson last year at a conference in Denver. This year the ACTFL conference is in Philly and we'll probably see her again.
Oh, tell this to Barb too(I don't know how to send to multiple recipients!) When we visited Valladolid in 2000 our daughter Verónica was 2. We hung out a lot with Nacho Tobal, so much so that Verónica named the Spanish style of greeting with kisses on both cheeks "Nacho kisses" When we got back home she kept talking about "Nacho kisses" When we told him he was so proud-you'd have thought some college had just given him an honorary PhD or something. Now he and his wife sign off all their emails with "Dales Nacho kisses a tu esposa y a tus hijas" Take Care. -Jim
Reply Jim Kirchner
10:05 AM on October 23, 2012 
Shelly, how did I miss you when I was scanning this page? I should have known form the ages-We are all 51 or so from our group. I have had a few messages back and forth with Barb and Kate Keinath. I don't do facebook yet so this is fun. Joder, I remember old pompous ass Jesús Arrera and his ascots. I have seen and been in touch with Ricardo alot. He has opened his own school for foreigners in Valladolid. Last I heard it and he were doing well.
Did you grow up in Harrisburg? I grew up in Pittsburgh and never thought I'd end up in Philadelphia but here I am, loving every aspect of it. Take care.
Do you still use your Spanish?
Reply IUP-Valladolid
10:55 AM on July 24, 2011 
Sorry to tell you, but our dear Montesol disappeared in the early 2000's - there is now a new bldg there. Please email us at [email protected] so that we can update our base of participants. We will not share your email with anyone. Are you interested in going to the reunion?