My Top 10 Experiences in Spain
Having spent a few weeks in Spain, I’ve come across some pretty amazing landmarks, witnessed a few unforgettable events, and observed very foreign cultures. I could ramble on about all the new and different experiences a teenager undergoes when choosing to immerse himself in Spain, but shorter is sweeter (and nobody wants to read a dissertation), so here I present the top 10 things I’ve encountered thus far:
10: Our program director encouraged us to venture outside our comfort zone, so I ordered morcilla at a restaurant—morcilla being coagulated pig blood. Needless to say, I felt uneasy at first, but it turned out to be delicious.
9: The Roman Aqueduct in Segovia- it is breathtakingly huge, historically significant, and awe-inspiring
8: The pleasant surprise that I can somewhat surf! (Even though the ocean near Santander was freezing)
7: The fact that many Spaniards are willing and ready to speak to you in Spanish for practice and for conversation. You just need to approach them!
6: Taking classes in a different country gives you a certain motivation to study and work that I personally had trouble finding at home sometimes
5: Pablo Picasso’s famous Guernica– I had previously seen and learned about this artwork, but there is an essence lost when looking at it from a textbook; the sheer size and vividness perceived when viewed up-close-and-personally gives off a much more intense vibe and truly portrays Picasso’s intention of conveying distress during the Spanish Civil War.
4: Bedtimes/curfews are seemingly nonexistent in Spain…except for LPI students.
3: Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas– This artwork truly wows you; everything about it is of the highest caliber–the realism, the setting, the creativity, etc.
2: Coins matter. In the States, it’s easier to discount coins since they usually only go up to 25 cents. In Europe, they go up to two Euros, so purchases can often be made by using only coins.
1: The importance of a siesta- Spaniards generally sleep less than most other people, so this half-hour repose in mid-afternoon is crucial!
Diego Paz-Salamanca Summer 2 2013