Hola chicos! This is my first blog from Spain, hopefully I will be able to keep up with this and update everyone on my life in Granada over the next 4 months. As some of you know, I am studying abroad at the University of Granada in Granada, Spain. I am living with a host mom, she is an older woman named Matí who is very kind and makes me lots of delicious food! Typical food consists of a variety of meats, beans, pasta, and breads (lots of it!). I have really enjoyed it and thankfully everyone walks everywhere so I can burn the calories! In some parts of Spain, including Granada, locals take siestas. They go home, eat lunch, and relax from 1-3. It’s been an adjustment, but I am really enjoying it!
I live in a small apartment about a 20 minute walk from school (I start classes on Wednesday). I came solo but have met so many amazing people so far. There’s about 40 kids in my program through CEA (my study abroad company) from all over the US. We all get along very well and I am so excited to get to know them over the next few months. We have toured the majority of the city, which is so historic and absolutely beautiful. For centuries, there was a large Arabic influence which is visible, but there’s a large catholic influence today. It’s such a beautiful contrast on top of being an already rich in culture town.
In Granada, with every drink you buy at the bar, you get tapas for free! Tapas are a small plate of food that consists of anything from meat, olives, mushrooms, or tiny sandwiches. The past 2 nights we have gone to various bars for tapas, to meet locals, and to explore our city. It’s really fun practicing my Spanish with the kids in mt program, locals, and Matí. I have already noticed an improvement which I’m super happy about, I can only imagine how much I’ll know by the end.
With each day I am loving the city more and find a new favorite spot. I can only imagine how I’ll feel next time I write. Until then, adios amigos!