The first two weeks in Spain have been amazing. I am so happy to be back!
When I first arrived in Sevilla, I wasn’t feeling so hot. Student teaching in Texas left me very sick but also prepared me for Spain as I was teaching all day in Spanish. I suppose it was only a matter of time before my cute but unhygienic pre-kers spread their germs. Anyways, the cold I had made take off and landing pretty awful, but thankfully I survived. I arrived a couple of days later than the other students because of my student teaching. Thus, there was no group to greet me so I hopped on a bus to Fina’s house. I was so excited to get there. On the way, I spoke with a woman, from South America, visiting Sevilla for an interview. She was surprised when I told her I was from the US, because according to her my Spanish sounded so good. I don’t know if she was just being nice but I’ll take it!
When I arrived at Fina’s, I was greeted with a huge hug and besitos. It felt like I was walking into my grandma’s house. Fina was such a crucial part of my experience before and I am so happy the SAIIE paired me with her again!!
I cannot accurately express how it feels to be back. At the start of the third week, I feel like I have my bearings and know my way around again. Similar to last time and my student teaching, I feel such a sense of accomplishment to put my spanish to use. So often the study of a foreign language goes to waste. We don’t have the opportunity to practice or the real life chance to use it and it disappears. Being here gives me the opportunity for my language goals to come to fruition.
I cannot wait for what this semester holds. This summer was amazing and I know this semester will be even better.