As much as I miss the cold, dreary winters of New England, I must say that I am thoroughly enjoying being on an exchange program in Seville, Spain. When I arrived in Seville on Friday, January 6 and learned that my luggage had been lost, I began to fear that this might be a sign for the rest of my ten-week stay. However after waking up from a long 8-hour nap, Cristina Garcia took me out and showed me the beautiful city of Seville, and as we sat at little outside a restaurant, drank diet cokes, and talked about all that we would do after the next two months, I began to get the feeling that despite the loss of luggage this trip would turn out just okay.
Over the next few days I would shop in the Spanish version of Black Friday, eat delicious Spanish cuisine, attend an impressive young people’s orchestra concert, and see the entire city of Seville, and, after three long days, I would finally receive my luggage. It had been a whirlwind couple of days, and I was certainly a little nervous about my first day of school in Spain. The school I attend here in Seville is a co-ed, catholic day school, and much different from what I am used to Westover. I am taking all of my classes in Spanish, including Economics, Religion, Philosophy, and even French. Now, you are all probably wondering why I am studying French in Spanish when I don’t even understand all of Spanish, and let me tell you I am not sure why either, but we will see how this goes. School has been exciting and challenging for me, and the Spanish students are finally beginning to warm up to the American girl, and now ask me if school in America is really like High School Musical and Gossip Girl.
The past couple of weeks have certainly been overwhelming and exciting, and the Spanish language has definitely been a challenge, but slowly but surely I am catching on. I am so enjoying learning and discovering new things everyday. I have met so many new and different people, I have been sailing, I have eaten delicious Spanish food, I have been shopping, and I watched my favorite American T.V. shows in Spanish. Although it’s been difficult, I have enjoyed every minute of living in Spain and exploring a new culture, and I truly look forward to seeing what the next month and a half bring me.