Well I’m a little behind in the blog seeing as I’ve been in Granada for two weeks now and not posted a single thing about it… Oops. I’ve been having too much fun to be holed up in my room writing. So, this post is about my host family, first week of class, and a couple of adventures so far.
I could not ask for a better host family. My host dad is a former Real Madrid player and my host mom is probably the best cook and the nicest woman in all of Spain.
My roommate and I live in essentially a ground floor apartment. Our host parents and four of their kids live in the upstairs apartment. For the most part, we only see the family for meals.
One of our host sisters took us to El Mirador de San Nicolas at night to see La Alhambra lit up (featured below). The only bad thing I have to say about the host family is that we live at the top of a mountain as seen below on the right. The circled car is at the bottom, and I took this picture about half way up. It takes us almost 4 minutes to walk up this hill, but my calves are looking fantastic so I can’t complain.
The first week in Granada was spent getting adjusted and attending two classes a day. One class, taught by one of our UMKC professors, is about the history of Spain. The other class was a night class that was used solely for practice and review for our placement test. The second week of school, we took the placement test Monday, and then started our real classes. So far, my classes have been sufficiently challenging. That’s about it for my academic adventures…
Here’s a little about my other activities:
The first weekend in Granada a group of about 15 or so went hiking in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We took a bus to Monachil, a pueblo just outside Granada, and hiked a 5 mile trail there. It was incredibly beautiful but also very hot. The trail took us about 3 hours, and we had a great time exploring. We met these two gentlemen along the way, and our group is featured in a series of videos on one’s Facebook page. The following pictures are from our hike:
Natalie Rediger is a junior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying Criminal Justice and Criminology. Natalie is spending six weeks of the summer studying abroad with the 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.