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Reflexión: me he enriquecido como persona

Reflection: I have been enriched as a person through studying abroad.  My view of cultural emmersion coming to Toledo was that I would be able to experience the traditions that I learned about in Spanish class, the Paella, the Flamenco dancing, the siestas etc. The real emmerison happened when I realized that the Paella is well known in La Comunidad de Valenciana (I am not studying in the Conunidad de Valenciana, I am in Castilla-La Mancha), Flamenco dancing is most traditionally from southern Spain and not everyone has time to […]

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Sunday, 26 March: Feeling at Home

Qué tal, ¿amigos? I hope this latest post finds you hale and healthy and, if not, that you soon arrive at such a condition! If you recall from my last post, I spent the weekend of 17-19 March in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. The bus we took from the city left around 9:40 p.m. and, with the extra hour added on crossing into Spain, arrived close to 6 a.m. Side complaint: time zones in Europe sometimes make as little sense as they do in the United States, or even […]

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Semana 10: Abrillantado

An adjective meaning shiny, sparkly and the adjective form of luster! I did my first practice hike with my backpack early Tuesday morning! I tried Tejas this week at work! Tejas means shingles in Spanish. You can see why this delicious dessert is called Tejas by looking at a rack of them. If glued together they could make a roof! Audra and I made pineapple fajitas and caramel corn for our family for dinner! I found Poppies! A group of friends and I went to Málaga this past weekend. Málaga […]

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NOT JUST HERE FOR THE EMPANADAS (I GO TO SCHOOL TOO)

Despite what my blog posts and Instagram pictures show, I’m not just in Chile for hiking, sightseeing, and eating. My main purpose for travelling to Chile is to improve my ability to communicate in Spanish and one of the ways I am doing this is by attending classes at La Pontificia Catolica Universidad de Valparaíso (PCUV) three days a week.  Through my program, I was able to enroll directly in classes at La Catolica, in the international studies program, or in classes taught exclusively for CIEE (the program I am […]

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Sunday, 26 February: No Ordinary Time*

Hola, hola, ¡todos! Espero que estéis bien. Es decir/That is to say, hey everyone! I hope you all (informal; sorry if you prefer ustedes) are doing well. This past week was a special one both at the Fundación José Ortega y Gasset – Gregorio Marañón, the program through which I am studying in Spain, and in the city of Toledo and the wider Hispanic world in general. The same word can signify different things, of course. Regarding my week at the Fund, “special” means a bit stressful (yet somehow also relaxing?) […]

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The Arrival, The Family, and The Market

I’m three days into this adventure and already I have some things I want to share. I took off from Chicago on Wednesday and landed in Miami, where the plane to Santiago was delayed by over two hours. Eventually I arrived in Chile and met up with the CIEE group. From the airport thirty five of us took a bus to Valparaíso on the coast of the country. From the get go, the program has kept us busy with activities to better acquaint us with our new country. I met […]

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Semana 5: Esperar. “To hope and to wait.”

I love the verb esperar. It means to hope and to wait. Last Sunday I decided to go on an adventure and hike a trail that I had not hiked before. It is one of my new favorites! In addition to physically training for the Camino, am enjoying learning more about the context of the Camino in my class El Camino de Santiago: ayer y hoy, “The Camino to Santiago: yesterday and today.” The Camino is composed of a string of cities that lead pilgrims to Santiago. In these cities, […]

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¡Adiós America!

It’s finally here. The day I have been anticipating, planning for, and dreaming of for the past six months! Tomorrow I am leaving Minneapolis and flying to SPAIN!! I will be living with a host family in Toledo and taking classes at La Fundación Ortega-Marañóa. I am committing to [try to] speak only Spanish over there, to increase my fluency and dive deeper into the culture–so I look forward to all the joys and challenges that will bring! :)   Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine and I am thrilled […]

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Why study Spanish?

Person I just met: “So what do you study?” Me: “Marketing and Spanish! How about you?” Person I just met: *Insert comment about how Spanish is a differentiator on resumes or how this person always hated/wasn’t good at Spanish in high school* + “I study ____.” It’s always interesting to hear what people have to say about a language minor. Reactions range from rehashing terrible memories from high school video projects to exclamations about how impressive it is that someone has managed to continue such a feat. Lots of times there’s […]

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Semana numero dos

This week has brought forth many new exciting things as well as new challenges. We got to start in our language and culture class and I’m in the process of learning Espanol … slowly. I really enjoy getting to start each and every day with Spanish, because our professor is very good about working with people with different levels of experience and he makes it a really fun experience so it hardly feels like you are learning something new, it just comes naturally. We are also starting to plan an […]

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Vive, Ríe, Ama, Chile

Here we are, exactly 6 weeks into my study abroad journey. I have decided that I am going to try to write every 3 weeks, that way I will have enough to say that is hopefully exciting but not so much that you will all be bored. When I write I try to have a few major themes in mind, which I will elaborate on, so this post is going to focus on adventure, anxiety, communication, and spring! These past 3 weeks have been full of adventure and exploration. A […]

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Excursion to Madrid

Today was the first of 3 excursions with la fund. We took an hour long bus ride to and from madrid. We went on a guided tour of the palace, had a bus tour of the city, ate lunch at a buffet, then had 3 hours of free time to look around the city. Leandra and I wandered around the city, going from store to store checking out souvenirs and accessories. There were only a couple things that really stuck out for me: there were a ton of scarves and […]

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A Mini Update

This isn’t the blog post I would like it to be, but it is all I have the energy for. Every morning I wake up at 6:30 and get to the subcentro by 8. From about 9 to 12 or 1 every day, we do rural community visits- this could be anything from visiting people with disabilities to vaccinating dogs against rabies. It usually involves a lot of walking, sometimes on steep dirt paths. I really like it, especially going way out to the communities that are further away from […]

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Spanish Overload

I have finally made it to Quito, Ecuador! After meeting up with 5 girls from the program at the MSP airport, we flew into Atlanta where we had a three hour layover. Almost all of the rest of the students in the program met up with us at the Atlanta airport. It was a 5 hour flight but it went by super fast! I watched a movie then luckily was able to sleep the rest of the time. Flying into Quito was very exciting because it finally felt “real” that […]

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The First Day is Complete

I just completed my first day of my three month adventure.  It started on Monday morning and ended on Tuesday night.  The time change is not fun.  I was exhausted and tried to nap wherever I could. The flight was great because there plane wasn’t full, so I could stretch out, but, the funny part was that the plane was full of college students all going off to their own study abroad program.  There was maybe 10 adults total.  It was crazy to see all those students studying abroad somewhere. […]

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