Term Abroad: Week 3

Hi chums!

Week 3 has been super fun - I'm really enjoying my classes and the week ended with me visiting the Spanish family I au paired a couple of years ago.


Life

I feel so much more at home now in León. I know my way around town better and have got into a good routine.

I went out for drinks a few days with some of the other students of my course and on Wednesday we visited the cathedral (which I will do a separate post for).


One of my favourite things to do is to in the evenings is to go on a walk or a run in the hills which are at the end of my road. I always go later so that I can see the sun set and it's always so pretty.


It sounds cliche but it always reminds me how lucky I am to be here. The longer I'm here the more I forget that I'm actually on my term abroad. It is something I have looked forward to for ages and now I'm here it's so easy to get caught up in the moment and lose perspective. I am so grateful to be here and watching the sun set is always a fab time to remind myself of that fact!


Language

In terms of language, this week wasn't one of my proudest moments. I didn't practice speaking very much, although I definitely feel my listening is getting a lot better. At the weekend, I felt like I understood a lot more of the conversations that I have before, but I still feel like I can't really contribute because by the time I have thought of something that I could say, the next convo is already underway. Hopefully this should get easier and I know I need to try speaking more so that is the main aim for the next few weeks.

Travel

On Friday evening I caught a train from León to Madrid to visit my Span Fam (aka the family I au paired for a couple of years ago). I always love to see them and they never fail to make me feel at home at like part of the family.

On the Saturday I saw my first ever handball match - and let me tell you this game is no joke! It was super competitive and although I didn't know the rules it was super fun to watch.

On the Sunday it was sport's day at the kids' school and it was probably the most chaotic and crazy thing I'm ever seen - even the 3 year olds were running around the race track! It was so much fun to see everyone compete and I'm so glad I got to see it.

When Sunday evening came and it was time to head back to León, I didn't want to leave - it felt like I was in the UK leaving my family to go back to uni in Leeds.


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I have quite a few trips planned for the coming weeks so I'm super excited, especially with some of the bank holidays which are coming up, so stay tuned!

Love as always,

Emma
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