Music Education Major
Summer II 2016 Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate Program
Things were going great the first few days in España. I was getting used to the time zone, my Spanish was improving, my host mom and I were connecting, and the city was amazing!
Just three short days after I arrived BAM…I got a cold. I thought I was prepared. I brought stomach medicine, ibuprofen, allergy medicine, and a huge big bag of more medicine. The one medicine I forgot, cold medicine. I was very lucky because my house mom was incredibly concerned about my cold. She made sure that I took Spanish medicine every six hours.
Word to the wise, bring your own medicine! Spanish cold medicine is a tablet that you put in water and it dissolves; you then drink the bitter water. I was also very lucky because when confiding the study abroad students they came to my rescue, with cough drops, Kleenex and American cold medicine. As the trip went on I had a blast. However, here’s a reminder of what more to bring.
~ American cold medicine
~ A little bag of American food (because you will miss it)
~ cough drops
~ strong deodorant
~ Tell your bank and phone company you are leaving!
~ Sunscreen (very expensive here)
~ Hand sanitizer (sometimes there is no soap and most bathrooms no paper towels to conserve)
~ Multiple plugs with a converter
Lastly- If you do forget something do not worry too much. Ask your host mom or dad. They know where everything is and they are happy to help!