Two months ago, I arrived in the beautiful city of Valladolid anxious but excited to begin my adventure in this unfamiliar place that I’d get to call home for 5 months. After weeks of preparation and a 36-hour journey to get here from my twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, I soon realized that I was in fact not entirely prepared for what I’d gotten myself into. My time here thus far has been a rollercoaster ride; filled with ups and downs, as it is with any life changing experience. However, it’s safe to say that the good has greatly outweighed the bad. I’ve made so many friends from literally all around the world, I’ve gotten to visit several new places and create lots of fond memories. But, there are somethings that I learned about being an exchange student at the University of Valladolid that Google failed to mention beforehand.
“Wanderlust consumed her; foreign hearts and exotic minds compelled her. She had a gypsy soul and a vibrant hope for the unknown” (D. Marie). Before my arrival to Valladolid I would say that this quote is an accurate representation of myself, being a tiny girl from the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago consumed by excitement and curiosity to learn more and explore the world in which I live in. Continue reading