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 church
or going out for Pionono’s ( a Spanish dessert that everyone in Granada feels they know where the best bakery is located).
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.
(July 30th )
Like these awesome multicolored ice pops!
These cookies for our 11 hour bus ride to Barcelona
These cute cookies
2) My host mom always tries to have things in the house we like.
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.
5) Not only does my host mom make great food, she also teaches me how to cook it!
7) We live two blocks away from a beautiful park.
8) My hostmom let my roommate and I display our jackolanterns on our balcony.
9) Did I mention we have dogs..
10) For my 20th Birthday my host family got me the cutest gift ever!
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)
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 !
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.