Málaga: Final Reflections
Kaitlyn Shanks, Katy Lockwood, Jillian Cawley- Málaga Summer 2 2013
There are so many things we will miss about Málaga, from the weather to the food. Spending a month in a place with so much sunshine makes it easy to fall in love with the city. The people are so welcoming, always smiling and helping you with your heavily accented Spanish. We will especially miss our favorite places–Casa Mira, Julia`s Cupcakes, Picassos, and others. We will miss walking out of our classroom and spending hours at a deserted beach with the breeze from the ocean. The places we have grown to love the most are the ones we wandered into by chance, places that only have a Spanish menu and yell “Hasta Luego” when you leave.
While there have been challenges while we have spent time abroad, all of them have been completely manageable learning experiences. Everyone has had to work with their Spanish skills, often using hand signals when trying to explain a word you do not know. The people here are very understanding when you have trouble and often repeat words so you can understand them better. Another challenge was adjusting to the eating schedule, but all of the host mothers understood, and started the program with earlier meals and slowly worked us into typical dining hours. Another challenge has been working with classmates from different cultures. This experience has opened our eyes to not only to the customs of Spanish people, but the cultures of Holland, Germany, Ireland, China, and more. Overall the challenges that have occurred in this program have shown us that our capabilities are more than we imagined. We will all go back to the United States with the confidence that we spent an entire month in a foreign country and not only survived, but thrived.