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Teaching English in Spain

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Wow, It’s hard for me to believe that this experience in Spain is quickly coming to an end. Today was my last day at the school where I’ve been volunteering for the past couple of months. I’ve been teaching English for a few hours a day, three or four mornings a week, and it has…

A celebration to be thankful for

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The tradition started about seven years ago. A group of WMU students in Burgos for the fall semester were wondering where they could have a dinner to celebrate Thanksgiving. When they couldn’t find a restaurant that would host their party for a decent price, one of the students, Tim, who was living with my host…

A weekend in Valencia

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A few weeks ago, Mari-Sol, my host mom, informed me that we were going to take a trip to Valencia. She also informed me that I would be skipping class to come with her. Mari-Sol’s son, daughter-in-law, and two grandkids live in the city of Sagunto, in the province of Valencia (on the east coast…

“Esta chica nunca para.”

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Translation: “This girl never stops.” That’s what Marisol, my host mom said about me last week, and it’s true - I’ve been pretty busy lately! Between my classes, teaching high school English, giving English lessons to two kids, various church activities, and time with friends, my days fill up quickly. On Friday I had the opportunity…

American politics: A perspective from overseas

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You might be tired of hearing about politics and the election right now. To tell you the truth, I am, too, and I’m not even in the US! From afar, it seems like this election season has been pretty crazy. Here in Spain, many people are following the election, and it’s amazing to me how…

Segovia, Spain

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I want to let you all know a little bit about some of the other things I’ve been doing and seeing lately, specifically my most recent trip! Last Friday my group took a trip to Segovia, a city in Spain that is about 2 or 3 hours away from Burgos. We visited three main places:…

Mandi the English teacher

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I never in my life thought I would enjoy teaching English. Now I do it five days a week, and I love it. For several weeks I have been giving English lessons to two kids on Saturday mornings in their home. In addition to that, I now am volunteering in a local high school, teaching…

Seven signs my Spanish is improving

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You might be wondering how my language skills are coming along after over two months in Spain. Sometimes I wonder the same thing. It’s hard to see significant growth on a daily basis, but over time I’m definitely seeing progress. Here are seven signs my Spanish is improving: 1. My host mom doesn’t correct me nearly…

Exploring the province of Burgos

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On Saturday I was able to be part of a pretty special trip. There’s a group of Spanish students here in Burgos that meets at one of the local restaurants every Friday night to work on their English. Spanish young people and English-speakers from all around the world come together, order drinks, and sit around…

It’s been two months already?

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I arrived in Spain two months ago today, embarking on the beginning of this grand adventure known as study abroad. All I can say is that it’s been an incredibly rewarding and stretching experience so far, and I’m only halfway through! Some brief reflections on my time on this side of the Atlantic: I really,…

Mandi’s adventures in France

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Paris…it’s always been one of those places that I wanted to visit, but I didn’t think it would ever actually happen. After making friends with a French student who came to Kalamazoo for the summer, though, plans for a trip to Paris were in the works. Since my mom was coming to visit me in…

Is this real life??

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It’s not every day that you walk out of  the front door of your house and see the queen of Spain drive right past you on the street. Yep, that’s right. That actually happened to me this week. Sometimes I feel like this world of study abroad experience isn’t reality, that I can’t possibly be…

Viajes, trabajo y diversión

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Hello from beautiful Spain! I had yet another wonderful opportunity to travel this past weekend. My friend Bryleigh and I took a very relaxing trip to Santander, a city on the northern coast of Spain, which is only about 2.5 hours from Burgos by bus. (WMU actually has a summer study abroad program in Santander,…

Life in a Pueblo

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In the past few weeks, I’ve had the chance to visit several Spanish pueblos (very small towns), and I thought I’d share a little bit with all of you about my experiences. Around the year 1900, well over half of Spain’s population lived in the countryside (in pueblos) and worked in agriculture. However, over the…

Beautiful Barcelona!

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This past weekend I was very, very blessed to be able to visit Barcelona with five of my friends. It’s such a beautiful city, and I really, really enjoyed my time there. On Thursday night, we took a bus from Burgos and arrived in Barcelona around 8 on Friday morning. First stop: the Barcelona Cathedral, where, at…

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