Halfway through the second program

So today I officially only have two weeks left in Oviedo. It is crazy to think how fast everything is going. I have been here since May and now its almost the end of July. I’ve learned so much here already and I will make the most of my last two weeks.

This week has been pretty hectic. It was our second week of classes and it seems like a lot of information is packed into each day because the entire program is only four weeks. my classes switch this week for the last two weeks so I will be switching from advanced conversation into an art history class which I’m excited about. Our final for the conversation class was a presentation about our cities. My friend and I did New Paltz and it just made me really how much I do miss New Paltz and how excited I am to be back. It was also great that I did the whole presentation without even reading from everything. It’s so crazy that now I can just speak and not have to think to hard about it. I’M IMPROVING!

It seems that I have been doing something every second of the day which is only making the time go faster, but I’m happy that I’m taking advantage of my time here.

On Friday we all went out and even though it was pouring rain, it was still a great time. It’s great to even talk to all the Americans here because they are all from such different parts of the country and all have such different experiences. After getting home pretty late we had to wake up the next morning to go on our last excursion.


The excursion on Saturday was to Santiella del Mar and Llanes. First we took a two hour bus ride to Santiella del Mar and it was such a small beautiful town. We went to el museo de tortura (the museum of torture) which was based from the Spanish inquisition. It was actually a pretty disturbing museum, but filled with so much history. Afterward we walked around the town more and found a place to sit and eat lunch. There were so many small stores all with handcrafted pottery, bags, and clothes which were all super unique.


From there we got back on the bus and traveled to Llanes which was a little coastal city with the most beautiful beaches. There we got to go to the beach and walk along the coast which was amazing.

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This week we start our second to last week of classes which is crazy!

My name is Ashely Sirna. I am a junior at SUNY New Paltz and am double majoring in Spanish and psychology with a minor in disaster studies. This summer I am studying abroad in Oviedo, Spain for two months. I am very excited to learn about the culture and improve my Spanish!

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