Diana, a participant in the cultural exchange program with Spain, sends us her impressions from Seville. Read how she spends her summer:
“Although we all love our comfort zone and it is always difficult for us to get out of it, sometimes that is exactly what we need in order to be happier. In order to meet a new culture, new people and visit a country I have never been to before, I decided to apply for a cultural exchange program with Spain. First of all, I had a great desire to change and gain new experiences, and that is exactly what you need when you embark on an adventure like this. So, a few months of free time, readiness to accept a new way of life and openness to get to know different customs and people. Namely, my journey into adventure is just being realized in one of the most beautiful parts of Spain, and that is the south of this beautiful country. I am currently in Seville, a beautiful city that you can visit again and again, and every next time you come you will see something new, because it is almost impossible to visit. Lots of streets, lots of beautiful squares, breathtaking architecture and by all accounts this is a city that exudes Spanish culture more than any other city in Spain.
My personal experience turned out like this: the first week I was completely elated and I walked and got to know the city for days. Then I had a period of adaptation – it became clear to me that I should spend 3 months here, in the house of unknown people and with obligations that were a bit foreign to me, since so far I have not had the opportunity to spend so much time with children. However, the family I came to was very open and from the beginning she tried to make my stay here easier.
A couple of weeks after arriving in Seville, it was my birthday and we celebrated it in a small place on the beach, where the family where I am staying has a cottage. Apart from this one-day trip, ie the birthday party, I also received a gift, which was quite unexpected for me and I was very positively surprised.
What is very important when you are in the middle of this adventure, is to get in touch with other girls from the program as soon as possible, in order to adapt as soon as possible, spend your free time with your peers doing something that pleases and fulfills you. . Personally, at first I liked to walk and tour the city alone, but that soon gets boring, so it is quite important that you have acquaintances of your age with whom you will spend your free time. I was lucky enough to meet 4 girls from various countries with whom I am in constant contact.
All in all, these months and a half in Spain are a positive novelty in my life, and I expect that by the end of my stay it will be more and more interesting 🙂 ”