Saying goodbye to Salamanca is very difficult. The city has become like a second home to me. I am going to miss the blue Salamanca skies, the delicious tapas, the street music, and all of my new amigos. I had always heard that study abroad is life-changing, but I never truly gave into the hype. However, after these past six weeks, I can honestly say that it is. I have learned so much about myself, Espana, and other cultures during my time here.
Thursday was our last day of classes! I feel relieved because I received an “A” in both my classes! In Espana, the grading system is a little different so an “A” is known as “sobresaliente” and a “B” is known as “notable.” After class, I began shopping for souvenirs because of course I procrastinated buying gifts until the last minute. While shopping, I stocked up on croissants from Croissanteria Paris (I am pretty sure I mention this store in every post, but that is because it is so amazing!!). I bought a bacon, fromage, and tomato croissant and two chocolate croissants. The croissants are definitely going to be one of the things I miss most about Salamanca. Later that day, we all went to our farewell reception at the Universidad de Salamanca main campus. It was a sad but incredible night!
On Friday we crossed el Puente de Romano (Roman Bridge) and sat on the grassy areas. It was such a fun and relaxing day. The other side of the puente provides a stunning view of the New Cathedral. There is also a nearby park. On Friday afternoons (around 18:00) there is street market with a lot of beautiful vendors (be sure to bring euros!).
On Saturday, we finally climbed the Old Cathedral. I think it was the perfect way to end my trip in Salamanca. The top of the Cathedral provides a beautiful view of the entire city. We went to the top and pointed out all of the places that we had visited throughout our stay in Salamanca. Salamanca is truly a gorgeous city.
It makes me very sad to leave, but I know that this is only a “hasta luego” and not an “adios.” I am very proud of the improvements I have made in learning Spanish. I can understand and read Spanish to an advanced level now! When I return to the US, my goal is to improve my understanding and reading comprehension to fluency, and work hard at improving my speaking abilities as well (I need to find a Spanish friend to speak with everyday!). I am beyond fortunate to have received a Gilman International Scholarship and a USF Education Abroad Scholarship to study abroad in Salamanca. I would encourage any student that considers studying abroad to apply for scholarships!! Studying abroad is an experience that is worth taking out loans if necessary, but there are so many scholarship opportunities out there that it is not necessary. Other ways to fund a study abroad experience include: working (set aside a certain amount of money every month), starting a GoFundMe account, and finding sponsorship opportunities. Anyways, that’s all for now. I will write a wrap-up post once I return to the US. Below are some picture from my last days in Salamanca.
Adios por ahora!