Some say that the world is a scary place, but I would argue that it is only scary to those who have not dared to breach their comfort zone and see the amazing things outside of their neighborhood. To those who crave adventure, the world is a full of discoveries to be made. Nothing compares to the experience of tasting great food, walking unexplored streets, hearing new sounds, and breathing in fresh air.
In a few short weeks, I will be boarding a plane to Granada, Spain. I’m not going to lie; I’m a little bit freaked out. This will be my first excursion out of the United States without my parents. In fact, I will not know a single soul on the trip until I land. I am staying in the home of a Spanish family who is graciously accept foreign students. I took Spanish in high school (we all know how long ago that feels), but I am nowhere close to fluency. These circumstances would make anyone nervous, but I am also confident that when my plane leaves US soil, it will be the beginning of an incredible and life-changing summer.
I knew I wanted to go to Spain to study Spanish for a summer, but it took me weeks to find a program that I was really excited about. I was originally planning on going to Barcelona with my roommate, but when I was flipping through the AIFS packet, I landed on Granada and was instantly struck by the gorgeous city. I decided that it was the program for me when I noticed that students would be able to horseback ride in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, visit the Arabic Baths, and roam the streets of a traditional Spanish city.
I don’t know exactly what to expect when I set foot in Granada, but that is what makes it an adventure. I don’t know how yet, but I can tell that these experiences, and the people I meet along the way, are going to change my life forever. Goodbye America, y hola España!