Top 10 Favorite Things in Spain
After spending a few weeks in Spain, we’ve witnessed some pretty interesting cultural traditions, seen some fascinating landmarks, and meet a wide variety of people. Here are our top 10 experiences and moments we’ve had so far.
10. International People– Walking through the streets of Salamanca is an interesting experience because you hear so many languages. Going out at night you are bound to meet people from all over the world, which is a rare experience for students our age.
9. Extroverted Spaniards– Meeting a Spaniard is nothing like meeting an American. When you meet a Spaniard you’re basically obligated to give them two kisses while in America you might give a handshake.
8. The Roman Aqueduct– Recently our group took a day trip to Segovia, Spain. The first landmark we saw was an original Roman Aqueduct, which is a huge historical landmark.
7. El Prado Museum– In Madrid we went to one of the most famous art museums in the world and saw some breath taking paintings.
6. Siestas– Beware: this “short” nap in the middle of the day will become addicting.
5. Bedtimes and Curfews– Both of these are virtually nonexistent, except for ISA students.
4. Cathedrals– In almost every city we have visited, we have had the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful and amazing cathedrals in the world. In Salamanca, we are extremely lucky to have two gorgeous cathedrals, one Gothic style, the other Romanesque.
3. Host Family– Living with a Spanish host family has definitely been one of the best parts of this trip. Every day, I look forward to hanging out with my host family and talking to them about the Spanish culture. Our host family has embraced us and welcomed us into their family, and we are extremely grateful to have been able to spend this month is Salamanca with such an a mazing family.
2. Croissants and Ice Cream– Of course food must be included on this list. Fortunately, in Salamanca, there is either an ice cream stand or bakery on every single street. (This is both a gift and a curse!)
1. Independence– Finally, this trip has helped us develop into independent, curious students. When we are not doing activities planned by the program, we find activities on our own and explore the city, teaching us how to be independent and responsible.
– The above post was contributed by Eliza Esther and Camille Lopez-Silvero, who studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain with ISA High School in 2014.