This is my first time to go to Europe, and I’m at that stage between extremely excited and completely frazzled. The drama of my Spanish visa application situation is finally over, and I should (hopefully) be receiving my passport and visa in the mail by next week.
To clarify matters, I am going to Salamanca for 6 weeks this summer: from May 23rd to july 9th. I am minoring in Spanish Language at Colorado College, and in order to graduate on time (and because it sounds amazing) I decided to sign up for the Salamanca summer program. I will be taking two 300-level, advanced Spanish classes (because I took both beginner and intermediate Spanish the entire Fall semester 2012), and I am very worried as of now – I haven’t practiced my Spanish at all since December, and I’m counting on what I hear a lot of people say in terms of learning a new language: “don’t worry, it’ll all come back to you”.
I am really excited for the trip, and as a 300-level student I get to go to all the fun events as part of my curriculum – including the 6-day Festival de San Juan! The only downside is that we have to write papers for each event we go to. I still think that attending a jazz festival, all the fiestas, the dance clubs, and other activities will more than make up for those papers…at least that’s what I’m counting on! The weekend trips to Madrid (and hopefully Avila), plus the day trips to important historical cultural sites are just icing on top of the cake. I am definitely making a note to bring my camera!
We just received the email from Kathy (one of the professors) regarding our itinerary, and the only downside I can see so far is having to wake up at 5am on May 2rd to catch my 7:30am flight to Chicago! Spain, here I come!
Update 05/08/2013: I finally received my Spanish visa in the mail yesterday, what a relief!
Spanish visa 2013!