Chandlar T., SPA
Studying abroad was one of the most amazing things I could have ever done. I learned so much about the culture, the food, and the language. I lived with a host family, it was a mother and her daughter and they were so sweet. They helped in any way they could to make my roommate and my stay as welcoming as possible. I never had any big culture shock experience, this family was very open minded and so happy and loving. A few times out of the week she would invite friends over to have dinner with us or her other kids to have lunch with us, and it was so much fun talking with them and seeing what they all did as a career and most of them were very successful like nurses or psychologists, and my host mom was actually a physical trainer. She worked so hard, she reminded me of my mom, she would come home after work and start cooking dinner. She was the best cook of all time, even more than my mom… The food was so authentic and had so much flavor, all of the time! My favorite food she made was a marmalade made out of red peppers and you would eat it by taking a slice of bread, add a little cream cheese and then put the marmalade right on top, it was magnificent! She even made me some to take back home for my family to try! She was really nice too, especially when I first showed up to her house I was extremely nervous and my Spanish was at a very low level and she could obviously tell I couldn’t speak that well, but no more than a few days she talked to me very slowly and she helped me exceed in my classes as well. It’s kind of incredible how fast you can learn a language when you’re forced, because from the time I arrived and the time I left she told me I could speak almost perfectly! It’s a great feeling knowing how far you came to learn something like a whole new language!
(Sept. 23, 2016)
Published on September 26, 2016