Chemistry major, Spanish major
Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2016
It’s my fourth week here in Spain and I’m starting to realize just how much I miss the US. I miss being 15 minutes away from my family at all times, seeing my friends in less than 10 minutes, getting Biggby before class. I miss the comfort food; Double Stuf Oreos are my go-to on a bad day. I miss Netflix and Ben & Jerry’s. I miss driving and even taking the buses around campus.
Despite all of these things, there are so many wonderful new experiences just waiting for me where I am. Sure, I miss specific things like my favorite Oreos, Biggby, and Ben & Jerry’s, but I have replacements here that put my favorites to shame. Spanish galletas are so much better than Oreos will ever be, the coffee here is most likely sent straight from Heaven, and the ice cream you can find here in Burgos is probably the best in the world. (That’s not a proven fact, but I would be more than willing to test this theory.)
Being in Spain has brought some pretty marvelous adventures my way, adventures I never would have had in the US. As a class, we have toured multiple cultural sites around Burgos, including the Arco de Santa Maria, the Catedral de Burgos, and the Castillo de Burgos. We have gone on excursions to Spanish bodegas, been shown the city of Salamanca, and have walked part of the Camino de Santiago.
In addition to our class excursions, I have been able to visit amazing cities around Spain. Laredo is a coastal city in the north of Spain about two and a half hours away with incredible croissants and even more incredible views. We were able to catch a parade celebrating floats made completely out of flowers, The Battle of Flowers (la Batalla de Flores). Just last weekend I made it up to Santander, another coastal city in northern Spain about the same distance away from Burgos as Laredo. There was so much to see and do in Santander, I definitely need more than one day for that trip next time!
When I think about all the things I miss about being home, being at Western, being close to friends and family, I just remember that my time here is fleeting and that I need to enjoy these experiences while I can. I need to travel and see the parts of the world that I’ve been dreaming of, because who knows if I’ll ever have another chance like this in my life.