Voy a Madrid
As I write this I am sitting in my room surrounded by clutter. My clothes are in piles on the floor and my suitcase is open and half filled with clothes. I leave for Spain in three days! The anticipation is killing me, but at the same time I am extremely nervous. I hate flying. I have never flown transatlantic before. My flight is approximately seven hours. I depart during the night and arrive in Madrid early the next morning. At least I can sleep on the plane. I still have to pack and go to the store to pick up a few more things that I will need for my trip.
This Sunday I will be flying into Madrid and will be arriving at my new home, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. I am super excited! I cannot wait to see the city, experience the culture, try some new food, and speak a little Spanish.
Most of the international students do not arrive until the second of September. However, I am going two weeks earlier to take a 40 hour Spanish Intensive Course. After that I will be taking business classes in English along with another Spanish language class. At this point, all I know is that I will be arriving in Spain Monday morning. From there on, it becomes an adventure. I still need to figure out a way to get from the airport to the school. Thankfully, earlier this summer I signed up for a “buddy” at the school. My buddy will be a student from the school who will be able to assist me with getting adjusted to the school and help me with any questions that I have. So far she has been really helpful with suggesting ways to get from the airport to my school. I cannot wait to meet her and practice speaking Spanish with her.
I have no clue what to expect in the upcoming weeks. It will all be new to me. I almost feel as if I am a college freshmen again–going to a new school for the very first time… The difference is that this time it will be in a different country with a different language. The language barrier is one thing that makes me nervous, but I am willing to try to learn the language.
I am excited, nervous, and eager to start my next semester abroad!