Wow - rough Spanish class. I did Spanish all the way through - some kind of rebellion against the German mama, I think. Our French class went to France every year, senior year students, IIRC, and since my parents were on the government dole, there is no way I could have raised the money to go, as I had more than a full course load and worked on the side just to buy my own school clothes - nothing extra left - and I absolutely was not going to take a class where all the "rich" kids got to go and I couldn't because of money issues.
I went to Paris a few years later on my own, hah!
I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC