I've been in Spain now for about 10 weeks now and I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed. I have made so many new people and seen so many new and exciting places around Europe. Even so, I think that by far my favorite part of my experience so far has been when my family came to visit me here in Alicante. I didn't feel like a tourist, I felt like a tour guide! It felt great to show off the University, the city of Alicante and my improving Spanish. I could tell how impressed and proud my parents were by how well I was doing. It was clear to them that I was loving living in Alicante and making the most out of my time in Spain.
I know one of the reasons Alicante feels like home is because of my Spanish homestay family. I absolutely love my Madre Maria. She's made me feel just like her own daughter! When my parents and aunt and uncle visited she had them over for la comida and everyone had such a good time. None of my family members spoke any Spanish, so I spent several hours translating, but it was such a great experience for everyone involved. My family got to see where I was living and they were reassured that I was in good hands. Madre Maria loves talking and entertaining and I know she loved to meet my family and tell them about Alicante and Spain and me! For me, I was finally able to see the progress I had made in my Spanish. In the beginning, there was so much I could not understand or express. After translating for my family and my Madre Maria, I can see how much my comprehension and conversation skills have improved. I still have a long ways to go before I will ever be fluent, but I am very proud of how far I have come!
My parents and I on our weekend trip to Segovia, Spain.