Hello! I have successfully completed my first week and a half here in Spain, and it is crazy how much we have done already. I left Tampa on Thursday, June 16, and arrived in New York at 8 a.m. Since my next flight (to Spain) wasn’t until 8 p.m., I took advantage of my time there and explored the city. Time flew, and before I knew it I had made it safely to Madrid, awaiting my next flight to Malaga. There I met up with fellow Forspro students, and we got to know each other some. When we finally arrived to our final destination, all was good until… My suitcase wasn’t in the baggage claim. No worries, I was able to contact the airlines and my suitcase came in about a day or two later.
But yay! Finally in Spain!! It was the moment I had been waiting for, and I was so excited to go out, even with the lack of sleep. We are currently staying in Torremolinos, which is part of the city of Malaga. It is right on the coast and is so beautiful. The weather is absolutely phenomenal, with a nice cool breeze and no humidity! (For my Florida people, you understand how luxurious this is.) From the second we arrived to the hotel it has been nonstop. This is basically a schedule of what we have done so far.
Saturday (June 18)
First excursion day! We went to Gibraltar. Basically, it is in Spain, but it is British territory. We had to take passports in order to enter. Gibraltar is known for this huge rock with great views, and it certainly lived up to expectations. There were also lots of monkeys! We were able to get close enough for pictures, but they ended up stealing a lot of people’s things, including my postcard and water bottle.
Sunday (June 19)
Granadaaaaa! Apparently there is a song written about this city, and my dad has been singing it up until I left. It is such a beautiful city, with plenty houses for sale which I am definitely looking into… haha.
Monday (June 20)- Friday ( June 24)
First week of classes! Each class is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., which is long but I am really enjoying the class and professor. At night we have done cultural things such as celebrating San Juan (the Saint John), traditionally at midnight everyone goes into the beach water to cleanse their sons. There was also a Latino festival and town fair!
Saturday (June 25)
We went to Nerja! It was really nice, we first stopped at a town with all white buildings, then proceeded to the Nerja caves, and finally the Nerja beach!
Sunday (June 26)
We went to three cities: Tarifa, Bolonia, and Cadiz. Cadiz and Tarifa were nice but very short trips, and we spent the majority of the day at the Bolonia beach. It is absolutely beautiful. The water was freezing but totally worth going in.
Monday (June 27) & Tuesday (June 28)
Monday was just a regular class day but Tuesday we went to Ronda. It is probably my favorite city we have been to so far.
Today is Wednesday, and I only have three more days left in Torremolinos. I am quite sad and wish I had about another week. I can’t believe how fast time is flying! It has been very busy and tiring but so worth it. I can’t wait to see what else is in store.
Here are some tips that helped me throughout my experience:
- Not everything is going to go according to plan, and that’s okay! Remain calm and everything will workout.
- Make sure to bring an extra pair of clothes in your carry on. Having extra clothes saved me when my baggage was delayed.
- Don’t rush on buying excursions. I bought the ones in my program ahead of time but now I feel like I can easily travel to these cities and probably save some money.
– Yarah xx