La Familia

Trip Start Sep 01, 2013
Trip End Dec 20, 2013

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Things are starting to heat up in preparation for my semester abroad in Spain! As my introductory post on this blog, I would like say welcome! It is my goal to update the page several times a week with all the new happenings of my life abroad in Spain this upcoming fall! 

Besides describing my experiences in writing every now and then, I'm also very excited to post an abundance of pictures to the blog so all who are interested will be partially able to experience this amazing trip alongside me! 

All Butler students participating in the Semester in Spain study abroad program received housing assignments with their soon-to-be Spanish families this morning! My family sounds like it will be just perfect for me! 

I will be living with a single mother, Julia Garcia Ocaña, and her 19 year old son, Alberto. My spanish mother works full-time as a care provider in a retirement home and Alberto is a student. The apartment complex I will be living in is on a tree-covered avenue on the west side of Alcalá - about a 20 minute walk from the University of Alcalá, where I will be attending classes every Monday-Thursday. I can also choose to take the bus to class if I prefer. The letter I received this morning from my family was very nice and comforting. Julia describes everyday life in the household as calm and pleasant. During the evenings Julia does chores, takes walks, and watches some favorite shows, while Alberto has practice and studies. I'm not sure what sports he plays, but I can only hope he is a huge soccer fan! 

Having a host brother that is almost my exact age will certainly be a benefit as I try to grow accustomed to everyday Spanish life, so I'm very excited about that prospect. Hopefully He will even be able to introduce me and the rest of the Butler group to some local friends. 

Once I arrive in Spain and get settled in, I will be sure to share the address with family and friends! 

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