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 experiencing local culture while practicing Spanish in a comfortable, colloquial context.
I had essentially no preconceived notions as to how my homestay would pan out, but I undeniably began looking forward to the semester after my roommate and I were enthusiastically greeted by our host family over our first dinner, a tortilla española.
While there was the typical couple-day period of acclimating to the new housing arrangements, I am now a month and a half in, and thrilled with my choice. La Casita Amarilla (The Little Yellow House), with its central downtown location and views of a nearby cathedral, has become a place I relish returning to for lunch and conversation, relaxing at while playing guitar or completing tarea (homework), and being able to call home at the end of a jam-packed day.