Posts from Spain
- Reflecting on an amazing time… on June 25th, 2012
These past 3 weeks have been a really incredible experience! I’ve gotten to see a lot of Spain, however there is so much more to see and I consider it as motivation to come back soon! Also, to anyone wondering about the potential for European exploration while you’re studying abroad I would like to tell you that it is quite simple and definitely worth it! You only have a month away so I think it’s a good idea to try to get a little taste of everything you can! This past weekend I traveled to Ireland and WOW!!! What a place!!! When I got back to Spain I realized just how comfortable I’ve become in this country and with this culture. It has opened my eyes so much to realize that it’s possible to adapt, learn, grow, and have a blast in a brand new culture!!
Some other students and I are planning a last trip into Madrid this week to say our goodbyes to a beautiful city and I will look back very fondly on my time in Europe! Time to start planning my next trip back!!!
- Holy Toledo! on June 5th, 2012
Hi guys and gals!
Just checking in again to write about the most beautiful city I’ve seen in my lifetime…Toledo! When I was imagining Spain before departure I imagined lush green bluffs overlooking rivers and extravagant architecture. I imagined music playing in the streets and delicious food and drink everywhere you turn. Upon arrival in Toledo even my imagined Spain was blown completely out of the water. The view cannot be properly expressed through text, however I will tell you to make sure you have a camera if you’re planning to travel to Toledo. The entire group was stunned when we boarded the bus and turned around the first bend to see a magnificent hill, surrounded by water, packed with ancient architecture, cobblestone roads, and some of the most friendly and welcoming people I’ve ever met! The locals seem to be expecting those who are not fluent in speaking Spanish and they are more than willing to point at your food/drink/souvenir options with a patient smile.
Now, the fun started before we even arrived in Toledo. In order to travel to this city, which is a little far from Madrid, you must take a high speed train. These things can move!!! I captured a video from the train and the trees and buildings appeared only as fleeting blurs. It was pretty funny to watch.
This was probably the most amazing place I’ve ever been to in my life and I cannot urge other students enough to take part in this program. Adjusting to the culture may feel difficult at times, however the host families are wonderful, the staff at the university are so supportive, and the locals in most places seem enthusiastic about listening to you express yourself in Spanish!
OK, necesito estudiar y, despues de mi tarea, voy a domir. Hasta pronto!
- Bienvenidos a Espana! on June 1st, 2012
Hello, my name is Tyler and I am a student at SBU who is currently studying abroad in Spain! It has only been a couple of days, however I already feel at home with my host family and things are off to a wonderful start. My host family consists of two grandparents, one of whom does not speak English, however the other does from working at the airport for many years. It is very helpful to have translation available, however I find it more exciting to try to communicate in Spanish only and if I get stuck they will help me. My host grandparents have their daughter and grandson visiting them this weekend which is very nice. They are some of the sweetest people I have ever met. Be prepared for your host mother/grandmother to offer you lots of food!!! Spanish mothers really love to feed their children, even host children. The food here has been wonderful so far and I’m looking forward to trying more of the food around different parts of Spain.
Today, the other students and I began learning our way around Alcala de Henares (the city in which we will be studying) and Madrid, which is the capitol of Spain and is very close to Alcala. Our guides showed us how to handle all the minor details of travel via bus, train, and taxi so we would be prepared to venture out and explore Spain for ourselves. As it turns out that is precisely what the others students and I are planning to do tomorrow with our first unsupervised trip into Madrid!
As I said it’s only been a couple of days, but I already feel that Spain has welcomed us into their country with open arms. The people here are very friendly and I am looking forward to many more exciting experiences here in Spain during the rest of the month.