It has already been 9 days since I got to Spain! IES orientation (which began the day after I arrived in Spain) has been very packed, y por eso I have been very exhausted. (apologies for using Spanglish. I am practicando español)
My journey to Spain was long and rough. From Incheon (South Korea) to Amsterdam to Madrid! Because I had 12 hrs transit at Amsterdam, I stayed at a hotel in the airport.
I was dead tired, but couldn’t fall asleep because I was too excited for Spain. My biggest worry before departure was finding “Punto de Encuentro” in Barajas Airport, the place where we all meet with IES staffs for a bus ride to Salamanca. After collecting my bags, I walked over to Terminal 1. Predeparture information booklet has a good description of where “Punto de Encuentro” is. It is between arrival room 1 and 2 and across from the cafeteria. It took me about 15 min from the baggage claim area to Punto de Encuentro. (The booklet also mentions that Punto de E “is identified by a huge blue square on the ceiling,” but I and some others couldn’t find huge blue square)
When the bus arrived at Salamanca, host families were waiting for us. My host mom kissed me on the cheeks I am very happy with my new room.
It has a big window through which I can get a good view of Salamanca’s orange-brown roofed houses. My host mom is a very sweet lady. She calls me her niña, (gently) wakes me up when I turn my alarm off & sleep in (which I almost always do), cooks me awesome Spanish foods, and also cooks me rice every single meal because she knows that Koreans have rice everyday =)
I have the feeling that this semester will go by super fast!
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Janice is a junior from Claremont McKenna College, majoring in Government and Literature. Although Janice was born in California, she grew up in South Korea for almost twenty years before she came back to SoCal for college. Janice loves chocolate ice creams, Dostoevsky, ribbons (blue and pink), Korean food, (her) diary and black dresses. She also likes to write stories, cook, bake, and bask in the sun. Janice has never been to Europe and is super excited to spend her semester in Spain.</span></p>