Intercultural

Benefits of My Daily Commute

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Julia Grief is a student at Seattle University and an ISA Featured Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Sevilla, Spain.

Before arriving in Spain, I researched where my homestay was in relation to the school I would be attending, and it appeared to be about a 25-minute walk. On the first day of school, I strapped on my shoes and prepared myself for what I thought would be a trek but turned out to be the best part of my day. Apart from being to able experience the beautiful scenery of Spain, I quickly discovered many other benefits of my daily commute.

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The beautiful Plaza de Espana is one of the attractions I see everyday.

Environmental

One of the main forms of transportation in Spain is walking. Many locals walk to work and school in order to maintain a healthy and green lifestyle. My daily commute allows me to reduce my carbon footprint in a city that is environmentally friendly.

Cultural

There is also no better way to observe the Spanish culture. Every day, I see parents walk their kids to school, people grabbing breakfast at the local café, and Spaniards bustling to their destinations. It is a great way to get a sense of the Spanish lifestyle.

Health

One day, I made sure to wear my Fitbit to track my steps and I quickly surpassed my goal of 10,000 steps with my commute. Starting my day with walking invigorates me for the day and it is a good way to get the recommended daily exercise, because after all, the last thing I want to do while in beautiful Spain is go to the gym!

Lastly, it is beautiful! I couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque daily commute. If you have the opportunity to walk for your commute, make sure to take in your surroundings and enjoy the experience!

The world awaits…discover it.

 

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