This past week has been very interesting. Because of Semana Santa, Sevilla has been packed with people from all over the world. My host sister and I went into the city everyday to watch precessions and they were so beautiful. The precessions in the night were my favorite because the candles were so pretty. On Friday we woke up at 2 am to go watch them. I think that I have been successful in my original goals to improve my Spanish and connect with my host family. I am happy to say that I have also made many new friends and learned a lot about myself. Leaving on Thursday will be bittersweet. As I look forward to seeing all my friends and family back home, I know that I will miss everyone I have made connections with here.
This last week in Spain has been really special. I got to tour more of Sevilla and am finally starting to know my way around a little sliver of the city that I live in. Semana Santa was a really special experience - to see such a rich, historical, and spiritual tradition come to life was really really special. My assumptions about the culture have remained pretty similar, but I was surprised at the mass amount of turnout for the religious processions. Seeing the more spiritual side of the culture has been awesome. My favorite moments have included seeing the incredible historical sights in Sevilla such as the catedral, eating fantastic food in the city square, and the processions of semana santa. This has been such a special trip, and I’m excited to see Cadiz before we leave to get a little bit more of Spain.
My favorite moment is definitely going to all small village called Pedro Bernardo outside of Madrid. It was so beautiful and made me thought that I want to live there in the future. I’m not joking when I say it seemed like one of those magical places that show up in movies or books. In comparison to the first week and now, my Spanish speaking has improved drastically in certain aspects such as the indirect objects, the progressive, preterite and imperfect. I expected to fail a lot speaking which my expectations were met. I’ve made so many mistakes that I realize after I say it and fix it. I’ve made a LOT of Spanish friends which I wasn’t expected to be honest, but I’m very happy I did as I’m facetiming and texting them even outside of school which is a very cool experience. With the few days we have left, I really just want to take in everything that happens and really take in Spain as a country so that I can leave loving this country.
I would say that one of my favorite moments so far was actually heading out to Portugal with my host family this past week over Semana Santa. We stayed in a beautiful, small beach town called Sagres. Here we were able to walk everywhere, go surfing and enjoy the beautiful seaside views (we even found and explored a super cool old abandoned hotel)! My experience has stayed the same I would say, I have felt right at home here in Spain…from the beginning to the end. I think that the most important thing to do before I leave Spain in a couple days is to just enjoy the little time that I have left with my host family!
The past few weeks in Spain have gone by so quickly and I can’t believe that we go home on Thursday. I have had many great experiences during my time in Spain that I will remember for a long time. I will forever remember getting second in a futbol tournament, watching the holy week processions, and walking through downtown Seville at night. Spain has met all of my expectations so far and continues to blow me away every day as I visit new places and see new things. When we arrived in Spain I was very nervous and tentative, but now I feel comfortable and I have finally gotten into the groove of things. In the days before we leave I really just want to be as outgoing as possible and make the most of the experience.
This week was Semana Santa in Spain, and me and my host family traveled to Valencia. In Valencia we met up with Ignacio's Grandma and Uncle. When there we also got to see many of the processions and I even got to walk in one. The processions were very grand and beautiful. It was an experience like none other and I am glad to have seen it. When in Valencia we went on a hike, this was a great experience because we could see all the way to the ocean when on top of the mountain. We also traveled to Cadiz and got to enjoy the beautiful beach. I'm going to miss this country so much!
My favorite moments in Spain have just been the beach we visited in Maraga (definitely not how the province name is spelled), having actual conversations with people in Spanish, and hanging out in the city. People in Spain only really go to the city to hang out; they don’t have sleepovers or parties in their houses, and everything is just in the streets which I think is fairly different from Colorado. I feel very similar to my first week, but I am definitely more comfortable with my Spanish, and I have learned a lot of new words, or words for things that I knew but are different in Spain. Also life here feels much more distant from Colorado then it did my first week, which is really weird, but I am used to that now. I feel like I accomplished the majority of what I wanted from Spain, but as I only recently fixed my computer and I have been fairly busy, I need to catch up on my school work in my last several days in Spain. Also I want to continue speaking Spanish as much as I can.
My favorite moment about Spain has to be when we went to Sevilla to celebrate Semana Santa. It was an amazing experience. When I first got to Sevilla I was a little scared, thinking my host family isn’t going to like me or that I wasn’t going to make any friends. Now I feel more comfortable talking to people and getting to know them too. I did all the things I wanted to do during my time in Sevilla. I not going to lie but I’m going to miss Sevilla. A lot!