So, what have I been up to these first three weeks:
The city is perfect for me because it’s a pedestrian centre! I prefer this because It’s just quicker to get about, there’s no need to cross roads or wait for the traffic light to change. Of course, if you live less central then there are cars, if I walk about 20 mins from my residence I will hit ‘Gran Via’ which is a big street full of life and then the city feels more like a city because there’s more traffic and big buildings etc. So I like that Salamanca has a bit of both! It’s not a huge place though but it’s full of life so that makes up for it.
What did I do in order to meet more Erasmus students?
To be honest I’m still in the process of making friends with more Erasmus students because Salamanca has over 9,000 international students. In Avignon there was a lot less but we all knew each other, here you have to make an effort to go to events to socialise and get to know more people.
There are many organisations which help you with this such as: ESN Salamanca which is the same as in Avignon and many other cities in Europe, it’s the University’s society where local students volunteer to help organsie events for Erasmus students. There’s also ‘Erasmus Trips Salamanca’ which is a business that organises trips to different places around Spain for Erasmus students, next weekend I’m planning to go to Segovia and Ávila with them.
ESN Salamanca put on an integration weekend in a rural cottage close to ‘Ciudad Rodrigo’ (an hour away from Salamanca) for 3 days and 2 nights. It was a very interesting and fun experience, which helped me to make some new friends and to also see more parts of Spain and to enjoy the rural life!
Erasmus Trips organised a Paella and Sangría dinner at a posh hotel. I went alone, I had no idea who would be there but I thought I love paella and I want to make more friends so why not go! I actually met some people from the integration weekend there and also started chatting to many more people and we’re all now planning to go on the trip to Segovia soon. So, I would recommend doing things on your own, I went to the integration weekend on my own too. I think that sometimes when you go with someone you already know you’re not as open to making new friends and for that reason I like to throw myself in the deep end and just go alone and force myself to talk, as I can be shy when meeting new people.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to so far! I have more blogs planned for this month, hopefully see you then!