Because I am a Hispanic Studies major, I am required by the university to spend one semester studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. To narrow it down, I already knew I wanted to go to Spain. After getting a taste of the Spanish culture during a short trip in high school, I just had to go back. Eventually I happened upon the CIEE Teaching Development Program, and I knew it was the perfect program for me.
The program is located in Sevilla (that's SAY-VEE-UH for you non Spanish-speakers), the fourth-largest city in Spain and the capital of the Andalucía region. As far as square-mileage goes, it is about the size of Detroit, with a population comparable to the city of San Francisco. The CIEE study center is in the heart of the city in a beautiful palace that was built in 1725. My homestay family lives about a mile outside the city center.
Among my family and friends, I am famous for my countdowns. Waiting for this trip has been the most agonizing countdown by far. I can still remember first being accepted into the CIEE program and telling my mom, "6 months from now I'll be in Spain!" Then when I got home for summer vacation it turned into, "4 months from now I'll be leaving for Sevilla!" As I sit here writing this entry, I am thrilled to say--much to my mom's dismay, I'm sure--
5 MORE DAYS!