|Michelle L Miles|
Michelle L Miles
Study Abroad Destination
Universidad de Burgos, Spain
After being chosen by the selection committee to study abroad in the Burgos Study Program I was ecstatic! However I did not realize what I was really getting myself in to. Prior to leaving Western Michigan University the program advisors held a number of informational meetings to educate us on what to expect in the north of Spain, our living options and our schooling. It all sounded wonderful but, was it too good to be true?
When we first arrived in Burgos we were immediately paired with our host families and sent on our respective ways. My host family was a single woman who had two grown children and a wonderful flat near the heart of the city center. We immediately hit it off, though my Spanish was semi-fluent at best and she spoke no English. Having been a seasoned host parent she knew just what to do to make me comfortable and encouraged me to run errands, shop and socialize with her friends to acclimate with the community.
Kelly, Candice, Linda and I take advantage of the photo opportunities while on a Saturday group outing.
On the weekends, we had a variety of pre-arraigned outings on either Fridays or Saturdays to introduce us to different aspects of the Spanish culture. Although not every outing was spectacular, I am very glad I participated on all of them, to experience things I would have otherwise not have been exposed to.