studying abroad in Spain - Lisa's lessonsSaturday, June 28, 2014
Hello and welcome to your weekend!!
Today I'd like to introduce you to Lisa from Jar Full of Stars, who has kindly offered to share with you some of the life lessons she learnt while studying abroad in Spain at the tender age of 20. And I have to say I'm impressed! These days travel to 'far away lands' is second nature to me but back when I was 20 the idea of moving abroad alone would have been very scary!!
Hi everyone, I'm Lisa over at Jar Full of Stars blog! I'm so glad Claire's having me here on her beautiful blog. I just love this space she's created, in large part because I relate to living abroad. I've travelled, studied, lived in several countries (mostly Spanish-speaking) and am currently on my third year in Peru. Today I'm excited to share about my experience studying abroad in Spain!
So I realise maybe studying in another country isn't for everyone...but for me at 20 years old, it was the THE BEST decision I could have made. I really had no idea what my year abroad would entail. Actually, to be honest, I'd never even heard of Granada, which would be my home away-from-home for a year (guilty confession). So, I learned a TON!
1. People who dare to step out of their comfort zone are some of the most beautiful gems. I love my study abroad friends and still keep in touch with a good handful of them. They're some of the people I'm most proud to call my friends because of their love of life and adventure. Plus, I met lots of locals and students from across Europe.
2. Tapas totally pass as a meal. Lunch or dinner. Order a juice, sangria, or beer and you get a tortilla (Spanish omelette) or ham sandwich. Speaking of meals, all concepts of food and when they're eaten will be changed. For example - dinner at 10pm followed by espresso, just to get the night started.
3. Exploring in new capacities. Barcelona for a festival weekend, a road-trip to Portugal for a long puente (extended holiday)... why not? Only after coming back from my study abroad did I realize all of the places I could explore back in the United States. From brief day trips to weekend gallivants, I credit a good portion of my adventure-lust to my time abroad.
4. Take photos to remember the faces, the places, and the feelings. Looking back at all these photos I have of my time abroad makes me glad to have captured some slivers of it. Granted, the majority are party pictures because that's just what happens when you turn 21 in a foreign country.
What else did you learn from studying abroad? Where did/would you go?
I'd love to meet you and invite you to come on by my blog. Thanks again for sharing your space, Claire!