Some of my favorite things about studying abroad are the moments of enlightenment when I suddenly understand a little more about the Spanish culture. This post is lengthier and much more serious than my last, concerning tapas, but I hope you enjoy it and absorb some of my passion for the topic! I am also straight up and honest, so feel free to leave comments agreeing or disagreeing with my observations. Everyone has different experiences and I would love to hear about yours! Without further delay, here are a couple of things I have noticed in my time in Spain, and have became fully acquainted with this week: Read more
Posts from the ‘Granada’ Category
Isn’t it crazy how we fight to get away from home, to be free, and find ourselves missing it once we finally escape? I have come to the conclusion that homesickness is unavoidable. After five months in a foreign country, I have succumbed to the fact that there are certain comforts that can not be replaced. Memories, mostly, but also long hot showers and dryers and my favorite local restaurants. Do not get me wrong, I love traveling! I would not want to live in another country and find it the same as mine; That lends no hand to growth and learning. Yet, I appreciate the fact that it is teaching me to love home as much as I love to travel. This is not my first time abroad, but it is certainly the longest. For those experiencing a new culture for the first time, or if this is the longest you have been away from your dog, here are some tips to cure your homesickness! Read more
I was very lucky to be able to go home and recharge before starting my second semester abroad. I was in Málaga last semester, and will be in Granada this spring. Taking what I learned from my first time abroad, I was able to pack much more appropriately. I feel more prepared overall, though there will always be things you wish you brought or left behind. Hopefully these tips will help prepare you to go abroad! Read more
Lately, my friends and I have been trying to avoid talking about the “L” word. You know, that dreaded word that terrifies all study abroad students. But now we’re nearing the end of the semester, and we all have to face reality. It’s almost time to…LEAVE. Read more
As my time in Granada is coming to an end, I’m realizing this is this the hardest blog post yet. I could never put into words the amazing experiences, great memories with new friends and even character-changing challenges I’ve experienced here. All I can say is that following my instincts to study in Granada was simply the best and most important decision I’ve ever made. That being said, I’d like to leave you with 3 pieces of advice to ensure that you have an amazing study abroad experience during which you’re just as amazed and challenged as I have been. Read more
While studying abroad in Granada, Spain this semester I have taken advantage of learning about the culture as well as the history of my wonderful city. One of the best ways in which I have taken part in the culture of Granada, is by creating relationships with locals and getting to know the best sites in Granada through them.
Being sick in a different country is not fun. Granted, being sick in general is not fun. But when I was sick in Spain, it was really a challenge. Not because I was deathly ill or had to go to the hospital or anything, but because my mom wasn’t around. I was self-diagnosed with a nasty case of homesickness (and a cold).
We’ve all listened to the catchy song ‘Gagnam Style’ and have enjoyed (and slightly suffered from) its catchiness and make-you-want-to-dance beat. However, never would I have thought that a parody of this video based on my host city, Granada, would be exactly what I needed to break my nervousness about the thick Granadino accent.