You've got me cracking up! I like the subliminal messaging with night-time audio tapes - good thinking!
I flubbed up not long after I saw you. I started Italian lessons for a trip we took last summer. . . and I continue to take them. There aren't too many Italian-speaking countries other than, well, Italy. I'd love to ride Italy for a month or two, but I'd probably have to take out a second mortgage to make it happen! Central and South America are more in my budget - I definitely dig your $10/day while staying in Antigua. You struck a solid deal with the hostel owner!
Might be time to try Duolingo instead! Thanks for the tip on the website, as I hadn't come across it.
I forgot to tell Kosh, "hi," in my previous message, as I imagine he's following along, too. What a nice dude to assemble the box of goodies he's sending your way!