Senior, Political Science
I had a wonderful time in La Rioja, Spain. I've always wanted to travel to Spain for vacation, but I never thought I'd actually attend a school there. The thought of being in Europe for the first time excited me. One of the differences about Spain and New York are the mountains. They're so beautiful and I actually got to climb one. Well, it wasn't exactly a mountain but when we got to the top, it was like we were on top of the world. The beaches were amazing, the food was delicious. I had the best Paella and arroz con leche. Another plate that I enjoyed was Tortillas con Patatas. Now these aren't the tortilla chips we see in the chip aisle, these are baked potatoes cooked with eggs that can be eaten with ham, cheese, or bacon. This is called a Tapa, which is a small portion of food that is very inexpensive and is usually served with wine. I had tapas almost every night. We went to wine bodegas and some of them were even in caves!
Since I have a passion for learning the Spanish language and culture, I thought that actually living there and attending school there would better my Spanish speaking skills. Also, it's such a great opportunity to appreciate other ways of living outside of the United States. I also would like to continue my education in international studies. So learning firsthand about Spain and their policies was quite an experience.
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