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Hasta Luego, Sevilla

Courtney Fraley is a student at Baldwin Wallace University and is an ISA Classmates Connecting Cultures  blogger corresponding with a her study abroad office at Baldwin Wallace. Courtney is studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain on an ISA Spring 1 program.

Dear Amigos,

Feels like I was just counting down from 100 days until I leave for Spain with my Spanish-flag-colored countdown chain. Then, it was down to the day before I caught my flight to Madrid when I had never been so nervous for anything in my entire life. I was preparing for my first time outside of the States, the longest period of time without seeing my family, and the accomplishment of a 7 year long dream.

Now, after 4 incredible months in Seville, Spain, I have been home for a week. I never thought about the day I would be back home. It is bittersweet, but being home has given me a few moments to reflect on my time abroad.

 

Plaza de España- One of my favorite places in Sevilla

Plaza de España- One of my favorite places in Sevilla

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Why Not Learn a Second Language?: Communicating Outside of Sevilla

Courtney Fraley is a student at Baldwin Wallace University and is an ISA Classmates Connecting Cultures  blogger corresponding with a her study abroad office at Baldwin Wallace. Courtney is studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain on an ISA Spring 1 program.

Athens

It was all Greek to me in Athens, but what a beautiful city it was from the top of Acropolis!

Picture this, every state in the U.S. speaks a different language. Some languages are very similar and others are so different from yours it makes your head spin. If you are lucky enough, someone knows at least a little of your language and can help point you in the right direction. In actuality, this is Europe. Traveling from country to country in Europe, I have run into many language and communication barriers as the majority of the countries speak different languages. Some times it can be frustrating and irritating, but, at the same time, an incredible learning experience.

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Sevilla: “Life Begins Where Fear Ends”

Courtney Fraley is a student at Baldwin Wallace University and is an ISA Classmates Connecting Cultures  blogger corresponding with a her study abroad office at Baldwin Wallace. Courtney is studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain on an ISA Spring 1 program.

Me, right before a flight from Dublin to Madrid. You have to be flexible when you travel. You might even have to wear 3 scarves so your bag makes the measurement restrictions.

Me, right before a flight from Dublin to Madrid. You have to be flexible when you travel. You might even have to wear 3 scarves so your bag makes the measurement restrictions.

Hey, mom! Did you get my postcard?“- I asked.

“Yes, I did, but, you sent it in January and it just got to us in March. It took more than 6 weeks to get here!” – She replied.

[Awkward pause] “Actually, it only took a week. I wrote the post card in January with the whole-hearted intention of sending it, but I was too scared to buy stamps. I, finally, mustered up enough courage at the end of February to go, but, then, I was too scared to put it in the correo box so that took another week. Now, you have it and the next time I send one it will not take as long.Read more

Sevilla’s Daily Blessings

Courtney Fraley is a student at Baldwin Wallace University and is an ISA Classmates Connecting Cultures  blogger corresponding with a her study abroad office at Baldwin Wallace. Courtney is studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain on an ISA Spring 1 program.

Hola Amigos,

Well, I have been in Sevilla for over a month. Time really does fly by when you are having fun. But not everything is always peachy keen. Yes, studying abroad is an incredible opportunity, but it is not a vacation.  It is an adventure full of ups and downs. I expected to be challenged and pushed outside of my comfort zone.  Challenges are a great way to learn about who you are as a person, time to grow, and reflect on your strengths and weaknesses.  The trick to overcoming a difficult time, is to focus on the positive things. In my case, I regularly think about the daily blessings I encounter that make each day a great day.

A beautiful sunset over the Triana bridge.

A beautiful sunset over the Triana bridge.

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Spain: 7 “Firsts” in the First 7 days

Courtney Fraley is a student at Baldwin Wallace University and is an ISA Classmates Connecting Cultures  blogger corresponding with a her study abroad office at Baldwin Wallace. Courtney is studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain on an ISA Spring 1 program.

Hola Amigos!  I hope you are enjoying your day as much as I am here, in Sevilla, Spain! I have officially been in Spain for 2 weeks and would like to share some reflections on my first week in Spain! Not only have I already accomplished one of my biggest dreams of studying abroad, but I have also done a lot of things for the first time. Here are my 7 “firsts” in the first 7 days:

1. International Excursion

Plaza Mayor in Madrid

Plaza Mayor in Madrid

Is this real life? It sure does not seem like it. Read more

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