15 reasons why my host family is the best!

I can not put into words how luck I have been with my placement on my host family. But I will try.. even though I feel I won’t do them justice.. I have been in Spain with Sol Education Abroad since July and still have one short month with them (till December 20th ). My madre here is so kind loving and just so darn cute! Her and her amazing children are one of the reasons why I really feel at home here in Granada. Never once have they made me feel like I was not one of the family. From the first day they have included me in everything they do whether it be watching tv in the living room <the first day I was here I was in my room severely jet lagged and my host sister Marissa , invited me to watch tv with her and her brother Rafa.. I know this may seem trivial but it made me feel more comfortable (even though I had no clue of what the tv was actually saying) sometimes the smallest jesters are the most meaningful>   or going out for tapas after churchIMG_7148

or going out for Pionono’s ( a Spanish dessert that everyone in Granada feels they know where the best bakery is located).

on my old roommate (Lindsy) last day my host mom took us out for piononos and milk shakes. We tried paying put she wouldn't have it.

On my old roommate’s (Lindsy) last day my host mom took us out for piononos and milk shakes. We tried paying put she wouldn’t have it.

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yummm

yummm (late august)

ANYWAYS my host family is amazing and I know that everyone I have talked to (at least in Sol Education Abroad) feels the same way. However, I can not help but feel “ethnocentric” and say mine is better then yours jaja , and I can prove it!

Here are just a few examples why my host mother and host family is better then yours ;)

1) Our host Mother surprises us with yummy snacks.

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(July 30th )

Like these awesome multicolored ice pops!

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(Nov 1st)

These cookies for our 11 hour bus ride to Barcelona

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(Sept 17th)

This Spanish dessert IMG_9030 IMG_9033

(Sept 25th)

These cute cookies :)

2) My host mom always tries to have things in the house we like.

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When she found out my roommate Lindsy and I liked tinto de verano she bought some so we could enjoy it during and after dinner. (how sweet!)

3) My host family has two host dogs, one a puppy they rescued named happy and another dog named Taska.

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IMG_8010IMG_71614)  We always have yummy , diverse meals.

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(Breakfast)

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I LOVE THIS STUFF !

           I LOVE THIS STUFF !

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Tostada con Tomate <3

               Tostada con Tomate ❤

(Lunch)

Huevos con patatas fritas

                          Huevos con patatas fritas

this plus

this plus

this equals

this equals

this

this

tortilla espanola

tortilla española

Dinner

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Just me being silly and my host brother Rafa thinking im crazy.. typical dinner :P

Just me being silly and my host brother Rafa thinking I’m crazy.. typical dinner :P

5) Not only does my host mom make great food, she also teaches me how to cook it!

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6)  Our host mom lets us try on our host sisters  old flamenco outfit. (Aug 7th)

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7) We live two blocks away from a beautiful park.

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I love this photo the reflection of the beautiful park in the store window across the street.

I love this photo the reflection of the beautiful park in the store window across the street.

8) My hostmom let my roommate and I display our jackolanterns on our balcony.

Selfies in the elevator

Selfies in the elevator

My spiffy pumpkin with a monocle and mustache.

My spiffy pumpkin with a monocle and mustache.

Our pumpkins.. My roommates cool despicable me minion pumpkin and my spiffy guy chilling together.

Our pumpkins.. My roommate’s cool despicable me minion pumpkin and my spiffy guy chilling together.

9) Did I mention we have dogs..

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my cuddle buddy

my cuddle buddy

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10) For my 20th Birthday my host family got me the cutest gift ever!

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It is a change purse ( which is perfect here with the one and two euro coins)

It is a change purse ( which is perfect here with the one and two euro coins)

11) Then my host sister surprised me and my host mom with cupcakes ( my birthday is October 8th and my host moms birthday is Oct 10th)

IMG_9400IMG_940112) My host sister invites me and my roommate to go out to the clubs with her.

Marissa (sis) ,  Shelby (Roomie), and I

Marissa ( host sister) , Shelby (Roomie), and I

13) One day Shelby and I were talking about how it is typical in the US to have wine and cheese. The next day our host mom got us a Spanish wine that is called Cava ( it kind of tastes like champagne ) and cheese. She froze grapes and used them as ice cubes, It was soo good ! :)

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me, my roommate, and my hostmom cheersing

me, my roommate, and my hostmom cheersing

me and my host mom

me and my host mom

14) Finally, The motivation for this post. Today my host mom fixed my backback. The handles fell off and the zipper was broken now look at it! It is better then new! I was holding back tears of joy when she gave it back to me. It made me realize how much I am going to miss them when I am back in New York.

IMG_1101IMG_1102ohhh and just in case you forgot … we have two dogs!

IMG_0626So those are 15 reasons why my host family are better then yours! IMG_8641

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