Alicante Natives

By: Neil Howland

Being out of ones element is something that as Gap student we should be very used to. But I do not think that there is a better way to be out of it than to be alone in a different country with a host family that does not speak any English. That was the boat that we were all in one long week ago. In one week we have become Alicante natives, learning to use public transportation, finding our favorite restaurants, and our ability to maneuver around comfortably. I think this was just another example of how this semester we were able to do things we did not think were realistic. Two days ago Tommy and I went shopping and we were just looking around a store when Tommy found a Jacket he really wanted. What I thought was amazing was how we were able to figure out that as a tourist he got a 10% discount on his next purchase so he went and bought something cheap thinking he would then get 10% off of the jacket. This was not the case and he got 10% of the 30 euro Calvin Klein boxer briefs so he got three euros off of the jacket. So with neither of us knowing any substantial Spanish, we were able to reverse the purchases and get the jacket and then get the boxers for absolutely free. Negotiating the distribution of discounts is definitely something I will remember from my first week in Spain.

P.S.- All good things must come to an end. That is just a fact of life. When it came to 2 Guys 1 Couch I didn’t think it would be quite so soon. There are so many people to thank, obviously my co-star/co-producer/co-director/editor Nathaniel, he laid it all on the line every week and maintained a professional attitude unlike anybody I have ever worked with. Elon Gap Experience Productions for their support throughout the whole process. And most importantly the fans we did it for you we wish it could go on but alas. I think people thought that it was a lot easier than it was, the constant battles of filming/condition/ moods week in and week out played a huge role in the episodes. I just wish we had a little more time.


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