Ok, this first one is just a nice fixed gear bike I found when we took a tour of Madrid the first day here. Nice to see people riding here too.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Well first off, my name is John Sanchez, and thanks for checking out my blog. Before I go into the details of my first week here at Spain, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I'll be a senior this fall finishing up my music major as well as a spanish minor. In fact, this study abroad opportunity in Alcalá is the only reason I'm able to complete a minor before I graduate in the spring of 2012. I was always interested in studying abroad while at Stony Brook, but becoming a music major at the beginning of my sophomore year made it slightly more difficult to travel if I had wanted to graduate on time. When I began taking Spanish courses at Stony Brook during my sophomore year as well, I started seriously considering how I may study abroad without falling behind in the music major. Luckily for me, the summer programs don't interfere and they also have been very accommodating- they have assigned me a classroom that I may practice in every day. And that's how I'm here today.
I should probably note that my blog will be slightly different from the typical 4-week sumer session blogs. Since I need both sessions to help me complete my Spanish minor, I'll be here for 8 weeks, not just 4. Therefore, my blog will continue throughout the two months that I'll be studying in Spain.
And now I can finally tell you something about Spain.
On my first saturday here, the study abroad program director organized a little unofficial trip to Toledo with the 4 students studying with Stony Brook, and some of our friends that we had met during our first week. We went by train, as we do when we travel to most places on our own, and it took us about 30 minutes. I should note that the train is very reasonable here in Spain.