My housemate, Margaret, and I at the airport. ¡Buen Viaje!

After an uneventful flight we landed in Madrid, and the adventure began. I stepped into a world of Spanish, and quickly realized the pace at which I would be learning. It is exciting! I have learned mucho already.

Sofía, the granddaughter of my host mom, or Abuela, taught my housemate, Margaret, and me a new phrase of “cool” or “that’s cool”: “que guay.” I can’t wait to use it! We had a quick view of the city while driving from the airport, but the exploring will begin tomorrow before we head to Toledo for our orientation.

Abuela cooked some delicious spaghetti and offered Margaret and I some delicious grapes and something like a plum (so good, and, according to Abuela, very good for your skin and intestines). She then insisted that we take a break from unpacking to take a nice, long nap; I was happy to oblige. So while the language may be different and the barrier sometimes complicates or slows things down, the greatest thing to see and feel is the love and care mi familia has shown within these first hours.