Posts from the ‘Valencia’ Category
I remember the first time I ever considered traveling abroad to study. I was a junior in high school and the prospect seemed more like an off-handed wish than anything else; I wouldn’t have even called it a dream. The opportunity to spend months away from family and friends all the while gaining new experiences and learning more about myself felt so far out of my reach. I realize now there were several aspects that threatened to steal this unbelievably amazing opportunity away from me. Here are just a few of those scary, “am I actually going to be able to do this” scenarios, and the coinciding reasons why nothing should deter any future students from taking on an endeavor like study abroad. Read more
So if we’re being honest, right after I agreed to travel with my friends when they told me they were booking flights to Brussels, I panicked: “Oh, yeah… Brussels is in Germany, right?” Followed by: “There are cool things to see in Brussels, aren’t there?” Read more
Spaniards are lauded for eating somewhat healthily, thanks to the Mediterranean diet. I agree with this for the most part, as I have been eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, olive oil and rice. But there is one meal that puts the Mediterranean diet to shame — bocadillo de tortilla de patatas. This dish is literally carbs piled on carbs. Start with a baguette, layer it with tortilla de patatas (potato omelet), and voila! There you have it – un bocadillo de tortilla de patatas.
Finally, we have arrived in the city I will call home for the next month – Valencia! A new place can be overwhelming at first, especially a city of Valencia’s size. For some advice about the area and the culture, I sat down with my host mother to ask some questions. Read more
Bienvenidos a Madrid! We are here in the capital of Spain, and it is exhilarating. Not only is Madrid a fantastic reward for surviving the crowded, peanut-infested airplane, but it is a beautiful city full of life and new experiences. On my journey to Spain, I was nervous. I was nervous about meeting my future classmates, worried that my Spanish wasn’t good enough, and nervous that I wouldn’t feel at home. After 48 hours, though, I can safely say my worries have subsided. Read more
Living in Valencia these past two months has not poised challenges that have been too difficult; however, I believe that when anyone leaves home for an extended period of time there is always something that that person will need to overcome, whether it be making new friends, getting used to a different atmosphere or in my case the communication barrier. Among getting used to a new class schedule and living with a new family that is not my own, I would say communicating in Spanish has been the most challenging aspect of studying abroad.
Good food and good conversation. These two things are simply some of my favorite things about Valencia. There is a place just down the tree-lined street from my apartment that has weekly intercambios, or language exchanges. Once I overcame my shyness with speaking, I came to the intercambio to speak with Spaniards, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made.
Are you a self-proclaimed ‘homebody’? I’ll be the first one to say that I am. I love relaxing, staying in, having the comforts of home at my fingertips, being near my family and friends, and knowing that all is well and peaceful. Then I had this grand idea to study abroad and experience something completely different. Go figure.
In my last blog I mentioned that time flies, and I had only been in Valencia for three weeks. Well those three weeks have already turned into 2 months! (Short of a week or so) That’s right I am counting. Mainly because I kind of don’t want this experience to end because after adjusting to life at school and Valencia in general, I am appreciating every moment.