Hola!! I’ve been in Spain for 3 weeks now, it is a bit daunting having to switch to another university half way through the academic year but it’s been good so far! I flew into Madrid airport late Friday night, stayed over at a a friend’s and then went to Salamanca.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Salamanca, it’s a small city 2 hours north of Madrid, close to the north of Portugal. It’s a historical city and the buildings here are just stunning, they’re all of a golden colour but that’s also a disadvantage because it’s really easy to get lost when you’re new here as every building looks the same. It’s famous for its University, ‘La Universidad de Salamanca’ which will become 800 years old this year!
Classes wise, I have to sort my own timetable out again which is not fun… at the moment I’m going to the classes that interest me to see if I like them or not. I went to an interpreting class today which was really cool, we got to sit in interpreting booths and it felt really professional. The education here feels like it’s of a high standard and the students here study a lot, of course they like to party too but it’s well balanced.
I’m living in one of the University residences which is pretty central. It was a bit overwhelming at first as basically all 90 students are Spanish, but I think it’s a great way to improve my Spanish and to immerse myself fully. Here at the residence I share a room with a Spanish girl and we’re all catered so we have breakfast, lunch and dinner provided which is great! I’ve made so many new friends already because living in this sort of environment forces you to interact, whether it’s in my room with my roommate or in the dining room etc which is great because I think it’s really easy to just lock yourself in your room and speak to no-one. Also, we have a cleaner that cleans our room twice a week and also changes my duvet so the room is easily kept clean. In the residence/college we also have several rooms, such as a music room, games room, TV room, library, i.t. room and a study room so it feels like we’re all living in a big house rather than in a residence. I’d say it’s more like a college residence at Cambridge, Durham uni etc rather than like at Leicester where you only know your flat mates and not the whole building (although it depends on the residence).
I will update you all on more things that I get up to after I’ve settled down, if you have any questions like always don’t hesitate to ask me.