To Salamanca: Time to Get the Ball Rolling!

Waldy Diez is a student at Rowan University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Waldy will be studying abroad in Salamanca on the ISA Summer 4 Program.

When I finally received my homestay information, it was like releasing a child into a candy store with an unlimited budget. I was ecstatic beyond words. I ran up, down, and all around my house like a child on Christmas yelling and screaming that Santa had come the night before. However, instead of toys, I was gifted with a family. It was probably one of the happiest moments I have had this summer.  Through Facebook, I was able to find and contact my roommate, whom I had been friends with for a little while thanks to the ISA Salamanca page. It is making this whole study abroad experience that much more real.

With the reality that I will be leaving in less than two weeks finally setting in, it is time to get a move on things.

I visited my local gift store to see what I could bring to my host family, but most of it is either really fragile or edible – neither of which would survive a nine hour plane ride to Madrid. Plus, I don’t think food items are allowed through customs.

I have about half of what I need packed. I still have another load of clean laundry to fold and go through to see what I want to bring. It’s still really hard deciding what I am going to need and what I think I need. Decisions, decisions for a very indecisive person.

I know this is short and sweet, but hopefully my next post will be when I am actually in Spain. These next two weeks are going to fly!

Author: Waldy

Video Content Coordinator at USA TODAY. Previously, The Press of Atlantic City staff writer covering breaking news in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and lower Ocean Counties.

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