Well, I made it! After 18 hours of flights and layovers and trains and taxis, I’m happily in Spain! From now until September 1st, myself and 17 other Holy Cross students are taking Spanish classes at The University of Navarra in the mornings and exploring Pamplona in the afternoons and evenings. It has been fun trying to acclimate to the Spanish way of life- late nights made possible by an afternoon siesta!

Here’s a few of the spot we’ve been to thus far to give you a sense of the city-

Outside the old city of Pamplona

Plaza de Torros

Old City of Pamplona

Plaza de los Caballos

While I’m excited to get to Palma, I’m already having such a great time in Pamplona I know it will be hard to leave!

Hasta la próxima,

Isabel

Countdown to Spain

In a little over a week, I will be flying from Boston to Madrid for my year studying abroad in Spain. While my ultimate destination is Palma, I will be spending the first few weeks in Spain in Pamplona at a language-intensive program with the Holy Cross students from all three programs in Spain- Palma, Leon, and Coruña. I am grateful for this orientation program because I certainly need a chance to practice my Spanish before moving in with my host family in Palma!

Since the countdown is in full-swing, I spend half my time incredibly excited and the other half overwhelmed by nerves. Here’s what I’ve been thinking about:

Why I’m nervous:

Will I experience culture-shock? What if my Spanish is horrible? Who will my friends be? How will it be living with my host family? What if I just really, really, really miss peanut butter?

Why I’m excited:

Seeing new countries and cultures and exploring new cities, improving my Spanish, meeting new people and getting to know my host family, trying new foods and drinks, and having the adventure of a lifetime!

So, when it comes down to it, what makes me nervous is why I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to start my year abroad!

Hasta la próxima,

Isabel