By Alden Sanford '17
My first week was amazing and a huge culture shock. I flew by myself from San Francisco to Seville on three flights, and when my second flight landed in Madrid, my final flight had already left :( The next flight wasn't for another 10 hours, so I got to spend lots of time in the airport. Fortunately, while I was waiting, I met some other kids in my program and I hung out with them.
When I finally got to Seville, my group met up in the hotel where we started introductions and orientation. The next day was full or more orientations, getting some essentials like a temporary "Spain Phone," and exploring the city.
Once the basic were covered, it was time to meet and move into our host families homes. My roommate's name is Eric - he is from Chicago and likes cross country as well. Eric and I have been exploring our neighborhood, and on Monday we went to Alcazar, the royal palace which is still in use in Seville. It was amazing and the tour was awesome. We then had our first class from 6-9 p.m. and I met my teacher who is great. Tuesday through Thursday were full of classes and more exploring - we saw a flamenco show in a local studio, took a short walk to a kayak place where we kayaked in the river Guadalquivir, and toured the neighborhood near our school.
Friday was a free day so Eric and I went to the local skate park and skated around and met some cool local kids. The first week was awesome and I hope the 2nd week is even better.