September, 2007

Week 2 in Spain

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Hola Todos,

Boy, what a difference a week makes! Last Friday I checked out of my hotel and moved into my new apartment. I technically wasn’t supposedto move in until this weekend, but the landlady was very nice and she knew I was staying in a spain2.jpghotel, so she allowed me to move in a whole week early (for free!). It was kind of awkward at first because all of a sudden I was sitting in the living room with four people I did not know at all. But at the same time it was excellent to finally meet some people around my same age. Fortunately the awkwardness didn’t last long and we all hit it off pretty well. So that night I met the four people living in the apartment: Carlos from Mexico, Lilly from Berlin, Sonia from London, and Shteema from Tel Aviv, Israel (1 guy and 3 girls).

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Scott – Week 1 in Spain

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

It has officially been a week since my arrival in Granada. I think this has been one of the most difficult weeks of my life. I knew going into it that it was going to be very difficult, but I don’t think anything could actually have prepared me for an experience like this. Not very many people here speak English, so I have to try to use my Spanish whenever I need to talk to someone. Which has been difficult, but I am improving. It’s so frustrating to know what you want to say, but not being able to say it or understand what others are saying. I suppose it can only get better from here. This week I have had to spain1.jpgbattle: the jet leg, the time zone adjustment (9 hours ahead of Seattle), the stress of not having a permanent place to live, the stress of not knowing where anything is, the adjustment to Spanish meal times, getting used to the siesta time, and basically dealing with the overall culture shock and the use of a whole new language. On top of all that, I think the most difficult thing for me to deal with right now is not having my friends and family around. I am basically completely alone right now. I don’t know anybody yet, and it is difficult for me to meet people because school has not started and my Spanish is not up to par. Thank goodness that I have internet access in my hotel room. I also bought a cell phone on my first day here, but calls to the U.S. are very expensive.

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Sammie Arrives in France

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Salut étudiants de Business!

Coucou de Nantes! I am a CISB student at the UW but am currently doing my study abroad in Nantes, France (which is in the north-west part of France, just south of Rennes and west of Paris). I landed in Amsterdam about 3 weeks ago and spent 3 days there, 4 days in London, and 3 days in Paris before arriving in Nantes, France, my home town for the next 3 and a half months. The little European tour went very well, visiting many museums and churches and eating food from a variety of cultures. If I had to give a favorite for each city I’d say the Van Gogh in Amsterdam, climbing to the top of St. Paul’s where you can see all of London, and too many things to choose from in Paris.

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