For those interested in what I’m doing over here (academically speaking), here’s a post I wrote for my Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain class. It’s in Spanish, but that’s kind of the point, isn’t it?
October 8th. Can you believe it? I can’t. It’s been more than a month abroad, and somehow I’m still surviving. Actually, I know how I’m surviving. With lots of pastries and tea.
It’s really hard to imagine that I’m just getting into October. On the 2nd, my señora came in and said, “It’s been one month!” And while I could understand her, I couldn’t really wrap my head around the fact. I just laughed because I had totally forgotten about it until that moment. Continue reading “I left my heart in Portugal”
Another week of Spain, and I still find myself in absolute awe with this country and the people in it. I went to Granada this weekend with a group of 6 other friends, and couldn’t help but gasp a lot and say, “Woooow” or “Oh my gosh” every time I turned my head and saw the beautiful view around me.
It has officially been one whole week in Sevilla, Spain! I have survived!
I am having an identity crisis. Who am I, and who do I want to be? Continue reading “Introverted American”
My first few days in Spain have been a whirlwind of emotions and experiences. First with the trouble I had actually getting to Sevilla (missed flights, 8 hours waiting in an airport, after spending the last 10 hours on an airplane), and then dealing with a new home, a new city, and basically new everything. Continue reading “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Fast”
Ever since I realized I was actually going to Spain, I spent my life searching for lists and lists of the best things to pack, how to pack them, and everything in between. You wouldn’t believe how many resources there are for not only study abroad, but also “Backpacking in Europe for 1 Month with a Carry On!” or “How to Live out of a Backpack!”. It’s all really fun and would probably be the best way to travel, in my opinion, but it’s a little more intimidating trying to think about what I’m going to need for the next four months and five days. If I could survive out of just one larger suitcase, I would be lucky. The problem with the millions of different resources, and the thousands of great ideas on what to do, it’s hard to decide the best rule of thumb for suitcases, clothes, or even shampoo. So I decided to add to that giant pile of information with my own little guide on the best way to pack for study abroad. I’m not expert, I know. I haven’t even left yet. I think I have a pretty good idea of what to do after doing so much research and internet searching. Continue reading “How to Pack for Study Abroad”
I’m trying to think of the best way to start off my official blog of the semester. Something witty? Something thought-provoking and “MIND. BLOWN”-inducing? Or maybe just a boring old, “Hey, I’m going to Spain, here’s my blog!”.
All of the above, maybe?
My name is Emily (but if you’re reading this because I posted about it on Facebook, you already know that). I am a junior at the University of Iowa, majoring studying Journalism, writing, and Spanish. If you read my About Me page, you are waaay ahead of the game at this point. If you haven’t, go and read it.