Jun 22, 2017 | Arts and Education
A blog post by Jean Millward:
(Cover Image: Jean pictured in front of views of the Sierra Nevada and the Alhambra.)
I recently took up the opportunity to study abroad on a Short-Term Program (Intensive Spanish at the ‘Universidad de Granada’) where I got to spend four weeks improving my Spanish, eating churros and admiring views such as the Alhambra and the snowcapped mountains of the Sierra Nevada, in the beautiful city of Granada in Spain. What a grueling month! Reflecting on it, I think it is best summarized in four points…
4. Cuatro amigas. Okay, I made way more than four friends – really, is it impossible not to when you spend every day with such a welcoming, interesting and fun bunch of people? But I was lucky enough to find an extra special connection with four chicas that I got to spend most of my spare time with from day one. There really is nothing like bonding over Spanish churros (which my once-loose-fitting jeans can testify we ate almost daily), seeking out free tapas (thanks Granada!) and the sometimes-hilarious moments that come from trying to speak in a foreign language.
(Image: Jean pictured with friends from the program, Sarah, Steph, Emily and Maggie.)
3. Tres ciudades. I got to explore three incredible cities as part of the cultural component of my unit – I said this course was grueling! I marvelled at the exquisite architecture of the Alhambra in Granada, walked under the arches of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, and relaxed in the Plaza de Espana (yep, where part of Naboo was filmed, for Star War fans) in Seville, and so much more. This was all complimented with learning about a part of the fascinating and vast histories of these beautiful cities.
2. Dos padres. My host parents are two of the most beautiful people (outside and in… those Spanish looks though) that I have ever met. They made me feel comfortable and welcome – I never once felt like a burden, which is a bit of a fear with being in someone else’s space for a month. And I can’t not mention the food. I rarely even bothered to eat out because the amazing home-cooked traditional food I was being served was just too good!
1. Un mes de aventura. One month of adventure, learning, making friends, and growing. Travelling to a place for a few days may let you tick off the big sights, but only experiences like studying abroad can open up a place to truly be appreciated.
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