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The main thing I've been doing is improving my Spanish. To that end I've spent 35 weeks since retiring at the end of 2000 in Spanish-speaking countries on my own studying and travelling around. Not all at once, unfortunately, which is what it would take to get totally fluent, but in bits of 2, 3 or 4 weeks at a time. I spent an additional nine weeks over several trips with DW doing more touristy things.

I went back to school six months after retiring and got a B.A. in Spanish. I did a medical interpretation program and currently do volunteer interpreting at a clinic that serves poor patients. I'm taking a private Spanish lit class. I belong to an intercultural exchange group that connects Oregon with Costa Rica. I've been down for two different months with that program and I am preparing to head down in February to teach English for two weeks while being hosted by local families, some of whom I know from previous experiences with the group. We've also hosted a Costa Rican couple in our home, as well as an individual artist when they did an artist exchange.

I really need to watch more Univisión and Telemundo for the listening practice but so far haven't managed to do so. I can't do it in the evening (DW doesn't speak Spanish) and it doesn't seem right to watch TV in the daytime.

I also volunteer on the selection committee of one of the Habitat for Humanity chapters around here.

Other than that, I spend a lot of time reading online and doing some posting. Excercise consists of walks (I loved to run but it started messing with my back 20 years ago) and do a little weight lifting at home -- not very time-consuming.

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