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ROMA

ITALIAAAAA
La bandiera italiana

Il Colosseo / the Colosseum
La via para il Colosseo / The street to the Colosseum

Después de que el programa había terminado, me fui para Italia; yo volé de Madrid a Roma, la capital de Italia. Roma es una ciudad muy antigua y muy histórica. Había muchas vistas, mucha historia y mucha cultura para ver; vi tres vistas muy famosas – primer el Colosseo, después la fuente de Trevi, después Las escaleras españolas. Que bonito era todo por Roma, era como Nueva York pero con más historia. Italiano es bastante como Español que pude comprenderlo un poco, pero es bastante diferente que no pude comprenderlo muchas veces (jejeje). Yo pasé dos días allí, pero es tan gigante que no tuve el tiempo para explorar todo. Estudié la lengua latina en la escuela secundaria y me emocionaba mucho visitar esta ciudad de que había oído tanto por los años. Hacía mucho calor allí. La plaza de España era muy bella y había una bandera gigante allí, otra cosa que me alegraba ver. Mis dos amores europeos en un lugar. 🙂

IL COLOSSEO La fontana di Trevi

After the program had finished, I left for Italy; I flew from Madrid to Rome, the capital of Italy. Rome is a very old and very historic city. There were many sights, a lot of history and a lot of culture to see; I saw three famous sights – first the Colosseum, then the Trevi fountain, then the Spanish steps. How beautiful was everything, it was like New York but with more history. Italian is enough like Spanish that I managed to understand a little, but it’s different enough that I do not manage many times (LOL). I spent two days there, pero it’s so huge that I did not have time to explore everything. I studied Latin in high school and it was exciting me to visit this city that I had heard so much about over the years. It was really hot there. The plaza of Spain was very beautiful and there was a huge Spanish flag there, another thing that I was excited to see. My two European loves in one place. 🙂

Le Scale Spagnole / The Spanish steps
La fontana di Trevi / the Trevi fountain

 

Os veré luego, amigos. Hasta pronto. N8
I will see y’all later, friends. Until soon. Natagnél


Natagnél Frisella is a senior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, studying Spanish Language & Literature. Natagnél is traveling through Spain this summer 2017, concluding with the UMKC Spanish Program based at the University of Granada in Southern Spain.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

Ya el fin

Yo apenas creo que el programa ya ha terminado; la final clase fue por esta mañana. Me sigue pareciendo a mí que nosotros acabemos de llegar, pero ya es casi agosto. Aunque es triste que el programa ha terminado, por lo menos voy a viajar más por Europa y eso me pone feliz. Nuevas vistas, nuevas ciudades, nuevos países – los veré muy pronto. El fin de una cosa es el inicio de otra. La segunda vez por España ha sido tanto divertido como la primera y me hace esperar que otras oportunidades me vengan para volver.

el Centro de Lenguas Modernas fue una gran experiencia.
Quizás volveré un día 😉

Natagnél


I can barely believe that the program has already ended; the final class was this morning. It still seems to me that we just arrived, but it’s already almost August. Although it’s sad that the program has ended, at least I am going to travel more around Europe y that make me happy. New sights, new cities, new countries – I will see them very soon. The end of one thing is the beginning of another. My second time in Spain has been as fun as the first and it makes me hope that others opportunities come to me to return.

The Center of Modern Languages was a great experience.
Maybe I’ll return one day 😉

Nate


Natagnél Frisella is a senior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, studying Spanish Language & Literature. Natagnél is traveling through Spain this summer 2017, concluding with the UMKC Spanish Program based at the University of Granada in Southern Spain.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

Ya los exámenes finales

¡PURA LOCURA! Yo apenas puedo creer que este viaje por España y el tiempo en Granada han pasado tan rápidamente. Os escribo mientras estudio los sujetos nuevos para prepararme para los exámenes finales. Me sigue sintiendo que acabe de llegar, pero claro, esto no es el caso. Ya he estado en Europa por un mes y medio y tengo más vistas y más países para ver por las semanas que vengan antes de regresar. ¿Quién sepa de dónde os escribiré pronto? Se ha dicho que el mundo es ostra; pues, me parece que es tiempo para comer más mariscos. =P

Esperando la suerte,

Natagnél


PURE MADNESS! I can hardly believe that this trip around Spain and the time in Granda have passed so quickly. I write to y’all while I am studying the new subjects to prepare myself for the final exams. I still feel like I just arrived, but clearly, this is not the case. I have already been in Europe for a month & a half and I have more sights and more countries to see in the coming weeks before coming back. Who knows where I’ll write to y’all soon? It has been said that the world is an oyster; well, it’s seems to me that it’s time for some more seafood. =P

Hoping for luck,

Nate


Natagnél Frisella is a senior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, studying Spanish Language & Literature. Natagnél is traveling through Spain this summer 2017, concluding with the UMKC Spanish Program based at the University of Granada in Southern Spain.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

Granada, Granada, Granada

 

Buen consejo / Good advice, “That which is chaos for the fly is normal for the spider.”

Hola amigos,

Hemos estado en Granada por un rato ahora.  Esta ciudad, aunque es muy antigua, me recuerda de Kansas City — es gran ciudad pequeña. Es muy fácil moverse por la ciudad andando. El grupo vio la Alhambra, que gigante!!! En la alhambra, había las tres banderas de Granada – de la ciudad de Granada, de la región de Andalucía, y de España. (ved las banderas abajo) Este sol andaluz lleva toda la energía y se necesitan muchas comida y agua para sustentarse. 😛 Encima una cierta colina, se existe el Mirador de San Nicolás, cual puede dar una vista buena de la Alhambra, así que yo saqué una foto 😉 el camino desde del centro de la ciudad hasta el mirador era un gran viaje por las colinas.

La Alhambra del Mirador de San Nicolás / the Alhambra from the Lookout of Saint Nicholas

 


 

Escudo de Granada / the Crest of Granada

Hello friends,

We’ve been in Granada for a while now. This city, although it is really old, reminds me of Kansas City — it’s a little big city. It is really easy to get around the city walking. The group saw the Alhambra, how giant!!!!!! In the Alhambra, there were the three flags of Granada – the city of Granada, the region of Andalusia, & of Spain. (See the flags below) This Andalusian sun takes all your energy and a lot of food and water are needed to survive. 😛 On top of this certain hill, there is the Lookout of Saint Nicholas, which can give a great view of the Alhambra, so I took a photo 😉 the way from the city center to the lookout was a big trip through the hills.

 

Las banderas / The flags | Andalucía/Andalusia, España/Spain, & Granada

Natagnél Frisella is a senior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, studying Spanish Language & Literature. Natagnél is traveling through Spain this summer 2017, concluding with the UMKC Spanish Program based at the University of Granada in Southern Spain.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

 

This Natural Phenomenon Will Surprise You

A las 3:19pm (una hora más o menos), voy a salir del aeropuerto de San Luis a San José, Costa Rica, con escalas en Atlanta, Georgia y Cuidad de México, México. Espero que las horas entre mis vuelos me dé tiempo suficiente para que todo lo decanta: ha pasado mucho tiempo esperando, pero está aquí y está ocurriendo finalmente.

¿Por qué estudiar en el extranjero?
Decidí seguir otro grado en español, porque no sólo funcionará como una ventaja invaluable para facilitar la comunicación con respecto al campo médico, sino que me enamoré del misterio lingüístico que se conoce como el lenguaje. Octavio Paz, un escritor que ganó el Premio Nobel, describió el fenómeno paradójico del lenguaje para incluir tanto la continuidad como la permanencia, la diversidad y la unidad, la variación y la universalidad, todo simultáneamente. Estando en otro país que tiene sus propias características lingüísticas, geográficas y culturales, la primera manera de establecer los puntos en común con alguien es a través del lenguaje. Y nunca deja de fascinarme la cantidad de interacción sensorial y percepción de la mente involucrada en el proceso de aprender un nuevo idioma. Escuchar una conversación en español y descifrarla automáticamente en fragmentos es un paso hacia la transición de la traducción directa a la fluidez del lenguaje.

Poder interactuar con mis compañeros de clase que son hablantes nativos de español ha hecho un gran impacto en mi aprendizaje, pero estar inmerso completamente en un ambiente donde el lenguaje se expresa más allá del aula a través de aplicaciones prácticas será un punto de inflexión. Uno de mis objetivos es dejar de lado el miedo a la incompetencia o el juicio a favor de ver el crecimiento de mis errores y ganar confianza en mis habilidades de hablar en español. Propongo a todos participar en el desafío de toda la vida y la alegría de aprender un idioma nuevo: el espacio para mejorar es sin límites, y lo que es más importante, el lenguaje es algo que nunca se puede robar de ti.

Mis estudias en el extranjero empieza aquí. ¡Muchas gracias por leer y nos vemos!

Pura Vida mis amigos,
Rebecca Yang

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I’ll be staying in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.

At 3:19PM (give-or-take an hour), I will be departing from the St. Louis Airport Lambert Airport to San Jose, Costa Rica, with layovers in Atlanta, Georgia and Mexico City, Mexico. Hopefully, the handful of hours in-between flights will give me enough time to let this all sink in: it has been a long time waiting, but it’s finally here and happening.

Why study abroad?
I decided to pursue another degree in Spanish because not only will it become in invaluable asset in facilitating communication within the health field, I fell in love with the linguistic mystery that is otherwise known as language. Octavio Paz, a writer that was awarded the Nobel Prize, described the paradoxical phenomenon of language to encompass both continuity and permanence, diversity and unity, variation and universality – all simultaneously. Being in another country that harbors its own distinct language, geographic and cultural features, the first point of establishing common ground with someone is through language itself. And it never ceases to fascinate me the amount of sensory engagement and perception of the mind involved in the process of learning a new language. Overhearing a conversation in Spanish and automatically deciphering it into bits and pieces is a step toward transitioning from direct translation to language fluency.

The Costa Rican flag: blue stands for the sky and its many opportunities, as well as perseverance; white stands for peace, wisdom and happiness; red stands for the warmth and generosity of the people.

Being able to interact with fellow classmates who are native Spanish-speakers has made a tremendous impact on my learning, but being fully immersed in an environment where language is conveyed beyond the classroom setting through practical means will be a complete game-changer. One of my goals is to put aside the fear of inadequacy or judgement in favor of seeing growth from mistakes and gaining confidence in my Spanish-speaking skills. I highly encourage everyone to take part in the lifelong challenge and joy of learning a new language: the room for improvement is essentially limitless, and more importantly, language is something that can never be taken away from you.

My study abroad starts here. Thank you for reading and see you soon!

Pura Vida my friends,
Rebecca Yang


Rebecca Yang is currently a third-year undergraduate student studying Chemistry and Spanish, with an emphasis in Pre-Medicine, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, but after spending three years in Kansas City, she is proud to call this place home. She is studying abroad for one month over the summer with ISA in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

España vs. Me: Round Two

The history and culture shock of Spain continued down its path with me as I began to more fully comprehend the  amazing accomplishments that took place in the last five thousand years or more.

La Granja Royal Palace was an interesting find on our tour throughout Spain. Just outside the small town of San Ildefonso, the summer palace and its gardens were a wonderful delight that I did not think any king would ever want. The 1,500 acres of gardens, trees, groves, and amazing flowerbeds and fountains were stunning.

A flower bed of the La Granja gardens.
A view looking down at one of the main fountains at the garden.

The most incredible thing was how the king had Red Woods shipped from the United States to Spain just so he could have them in the garden. The fountains and architectures were modeled after Versailles, and I found it interesting how the palace now belongs to the people and that they are allowed to visit inside of it. The garden continues to grow all of the original species of plants that were originally planted, and the palace itself contains all of the original furniture and architecture from its original conception as well.

The Mezquita that we had the welcomed pleasure of seeing is the ultimate symbol of how the three cultures of Spain, Jewish, Moor, and Christian, came together and completely redeveloped a new mosque-cathedral as new kings ruled over the area.

View of one of the old entrances to the Mezquita of Córdoba, Spain.

Though the mezquita is mainly a representation of the Moor and Christian cultures, I believe that the history behind it was influenced by all three cultures, even if it wasn’t at the same time. Each chapel represents a different part of the religions and I found most fascinating the pillars that were inscribed with different meanings.

A neighborhood of the “Village of Three Cultures”.

Frigiliana is a town that takes the time to celebrate the Festival de las Tres Culturas (Festival of Three Cultures) at the end of August. This festival commemorates the coexistence between the Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions, as well as the regions historic confluence.

One of the most pure colored houses of the “White Village”.

This special town, also known as the “White Village” inspired me to find the time during this study abroad trip and visit it again. Though I did not like all of the stairs that we had to climb, this white village full of artists and flowers was the push I needed to continue my journey through the Spanish culture and the Spanish Language.


Grace Englehart is a senior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying Creative Writing and Spanish. Grace is spending the summer term abroad with the faculty-led UMKC Spanish Program in Granada, Spain.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

A Weekend Away From My Home (Away From Home)

After a whirlwind weekend away in Upper Normandy, I am absolutely exhausted, a little sun burnt, and filled with amazing new memories.

The thing about this trip is that my friend Kody is moving to Germany in mid-August to spend a year studying abroad. His father’s family lives in Normandy, and they happened to be planning a trip to France to visit. So about a month ago, Kody invited me to come down during the Scotland program. I knew from the get-go that this might be the last time I see my friend for a long time, and so I made this trip work: I started by getting advice from Kody and his dad about how to get there, then I researched ferries between England and France, flights between Edinburgh and London, and I came up with a plan. It was a crazy, hare-brained plan, including a couple of unreasonably short connection times. It was a plan that I scrapped two weeks ago.

My friend Kody and I on Sunday

Armed with my new fool-proof plan, everything went according to plan. Kody and his dad met me at the bus station. I couldn’t stop my grin when I saw them as I was in line to get off of the bus – they were a bit of home in yet another unfamiliar city.

From there, we headed to the beach at Étretat where we hiked up the picturesque limestone cliffs and I braved the cold English Channel. After we swam, we ate sandwiches and ice cream on the pebbly beach (I was even attacked by a seagull who stole one of my sandwiches!), then drove up the cliff opposite where we’d hiked earlier.

The view from the top of a cliff in Étretat

Today we drove down to Lower Normandy and walked through a quaint town whose name escapes me, then drove up to Honfleur, a little harbor town on the Seine.

The streets in Normandy are beautiful

My last stop was a second visit to Kody’s cousins’ home, where they introduced me to a game almost like bowling. Kody and two of his cousins set up these wooden pins (or, as Kody called them, keys), each with a number 1-12 etched on top, and you took a cylindrical piece of wood and tossed it at the keys. The goal is to get 50 points, but you only get the etched number if it’s the only one you hit! If you hit, for example, 6 pins, then you would receive 6 points. But if you go above 50, you drop back to 25+your points over 50, and if you miss more than three times, you’re out. I was the first to get to exactly 50, through a combination of luck, the fact that they let me keep playing even when I got “out”, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were just going easy on me! I felt so welcomed among them – they did their best with English, and I would look lost over to Kody or his dad when everyone was speaking French, and they would translate for me.

The “keys” and throwing-cylinder for the game we played

Occasionally we would converse in German, as it was a common language for a few (if not all) of us!

Walking through Étretat and then the other quaint towns they took me to might be the closest I’ve been to an “Oh my word, I’m really doing this,” moment I’ve had in the three weeks I’ve been away from home. There were moments in which I couldn’t believe I was actually there, walking quaint medieval towns with Kody and his dad. Maybe it was because of how long I’ve known Kody – he’s a friend from high school, and we were involved in a few of the same activities: marching band, German, and music. It was absolutely surreal for me to be there, if only for 24 hours.

Me (far right) with the lovely Preud’homme family (sans Kody’s dad, who took the photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Victoria Davidson is a sophomore at the University of Missouri-Kansas City double majoring in History and Foreign Languages and Literature with a German emphasis. Victoria is spending July abroad with the faculty-led UMKC Honors Summer Program in Scotland.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

A Disturbance in the Culture

Arriving in Edinburgh was as exhausting as any international flight would be, not helped by the fact I took three flights to get here. I was immediately struck by the small differences that characterize culture shock. The first was actually during my flight when the flight attendants came around calling for our rubbish. Somehow, that word, especially when said in an English accent, sounds so much more sophisticated than trash. The second word difference I ran into was using the word “loo” instead of “bathroom” when searching for a place to do my business in the Manchester airport.

We had a bite to eat in a sit-down restaurant last night inside a hotel. The waitress seemed to be serving in the usual American manner of looking in on us to get our orders. When it came time to pay, however, she disappeared and the other waitress ignored us even when waved at. Finally, my friend went to check on the waitress in the other room and received the check from her, who was surprised we hadn’t gotten it yet. Although this particular situation was some sort of mix-up, sitting there, unsure of the proper protocol is rather unnerving.

The last, but largest difference is the side of street they drive on. Not only do you have to keep this reversal in mind when crossing the road and catching a bus, but also on the sidewalk! I am very comfortable with using the right hand side of the sidewalk, but here the default is the left side. The kicker is, not everyone abides by that rule so I’ve found myself jumping out of the way many times already.


Claire Davis is a senior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying Liberal Arts with minors in Theatre and Environmental Sustainability. Claire is spending the summer finishing her degree with the UMKC Honors Summer Program in Scotland.                                                   

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.