By Julia S. | June 19, 2012
So I’m abroad! Studying abroad, that is, for the next 7 weeks—in the walled city of Toledo, Spain, a very old and very historical place about 40 miles outside of Madrid. This post will be mostly pictures, as I think I’ll still need another week or so to truly comment on what it’s like here.
Some things to mention so far though—there are tons of Ohio State kids here. The program I’m at right now, La Fundación José Ortega y Gasset, is attended by students from many colleges, but, being so huge, OSU has sent a lot of people for the summer. In fact, I know that this summer program is very popular for Ohio State students pursuing majors/minors in Spanish (You can also study here for semesters, too). Granted, it’s still mostly new faces to me!
My days have mostly consisted of hours walking around the city, going to class, and, of course, Spanish everywhere.
Rude Awakening: Study Abroad offers so many opportunities, but it can be stressful. Meeting new people, travelling, seeing the city, adjusting to new sleeping/eating habits, being away from family/friends, classes, homework, my research project, and living outside of the comfort of your native language makes for a lot! Time management is going to be KEY.
Pleasant Surprise: Siestas. We should institute them in the U.S. Not that I don’t already nap every day at home, but, still.
In firm friendship,
Julia Rose S.