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Ordinary days & extraordinary events

| WMU

Hello, everyone! After a week and a half here, I think I’m getting the hang of daily life in Spain. To let you all get a feel for my life here, I thought I’d give you an idea of what a normal day looks like for me. 7:30 – Wake up and get ready for school. 8:15…

Two days in Madrid

| WMU

Wow, what an eventful week! My flight from Chicago went smoothly, and we (10 girls, including myself) arrived safely in Madrid on Thursday morning. We were able to check into our hotel early, took a quick nap, then decided to explore the city. One girl from our group had arrived the day before, so she showed…

Dos días.

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Wow, the big day is almost here! Only two days away…incredible. Over the past few days I’ve had to say several goodbyes to family and friends. There haven’t been any tears yet, but my brother jokes that my mom’s eyes water every times someone says the word “Spain”.  The most frequent question people have asked me…

Marisol

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Over the past few days I’ve had a chance to correspond with my host mom, Marisol, via email. I already know I’ll love living with her! Marisol has been hosting international students in her home for 15 years and students from Western for ten. Her husband died four years ago, and she has four grown…

Mi familia español!

| WMU

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted, but it’s been pretty difficult to come up with things to write about while I’m still here in the United States. However, each day brings me one day closer to the day I leave, so my anticipation is rapidly increasing! This past Friday was my last day of…

“How fluent are you in Spanish?”

| WMU

One question that usually comes up when I’m talking to people about my trip is this: “How fluent are you in Spanish?” And honestly, I think that’s a pretty hard question to answer. I’ve been taking Spanish since seventh grade (I think that’s about eight years), so I’m definitely not a beginner. On the other…

Lots and lots of preparation…

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In the next few weeks, I feel like there is so much to do to get ready for my trip! It’s a little overwhelming at times, actually. Countdown to takeoff: 29 days! But in the midst of all the crazy details swimming frantically around in my mind, there are definitely good things happening, too. A…

Ready to leave!

| WMU

Hello! My name is Mandi, and I’ve completed two years here at Western Michigan University. I’m studying Spanish and secondary education, with a minor in math, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at WMU so far. For my third year in college, though, I won’t be at Western. Instead, I’ll be experiencing something unlike…

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