Homestay

While I barely planned my time abroad, one deliberate choice I did make was to select to stay in a homestay in Granada as opposed to a residence hall. All of the homestays take different forms, but the general premise is immersion in the home life of a Granadiña family. All in the hope of […]

Orientation

After landing in Malaga and navigating my way through the airport, I hopped on an intercity bus to find a Carrefour where I bought a breakfast of apples and an empanada. Once I devoured my food under the shade of some palm trees, I took a quick ride on the metro to our program hotel […]

Study Abroad Beginnings: Berlin to Malaga

I sit here, in the Berlin Tegel Airport, before my Ryanair flight down to Malaga, Spain, where my Granada, Spain, study abroad program initially meets. It’s four in the morning, and while slightly drained, this calm moment between passing airport security and boarding the aircraft is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the previous month […]

Finding and Keeping Friends While Abroad

Me, Monse, and Saira at their Alpha Gamma Phi formal last year. We all know about Hope culture, and the Hope “Hi!” It was one of the things that attracted me to Hope when I was a senior in college. I knew it was the right environment for me and because of it, I made […]

Interning at Intersect Madrid

  **English at the bottom** Hace tres meses que tuve mi entrevista con Intersect Madrid. Durante la entrevista, hablamos sobre el inicio de la organizacion, así que pude entender las ganas de Genevieve y los líderes de Intersect Madrid, llamados Harshal, Joe, y Lela. Es una organización de las relaciones interpersonales acerca de temas de […]

Code Switching and Other News (Madrid, Spain)

Remember when I said that people like to stare in Madrid? During orientation, one of the Spanish assistants in the CIEE Global Institute explained that it has nothing to do with us and that the Madrileños just like to stare. Turns out there’s a lot more to this story then she led on. Moises, a […]

Ya estoy en España!

**English Below** ¿La última vez que he estado en este país? El 12 de agosto. Me acuerdo de los sentimientos pesados. No quería volverme a los EE.UU. ¿Por que? Pues, a ver… Hablando de mis primeras impresiones de España, yo estaba enamorada de la cultura, la gente, y el estilo de vida. El primer día […]

Pre-Departure Thoughts

I leave in TWO days!!?? Don’t get me wrong, I’m really excited. But now that it’s here, I’m afraid something will go awry. I mean, I’m just a black girl from a poor black community in Saginaw, Michigan. You’ve probably never heard of the city, it’s next to Flint. Yeah, the place known for the […]