Grace here, second year Pre-Medical/Biology study, and I’ll be talking about my time in Toledo, Spain. I’m here in Spain because I have a Spanish minor, and I’m working on the whole fluency thing. Thing is, I didn’t speak Spanish as well as I thought I did, and I didn’t even think I was very fluent. The first month or so was definitely a struggle. It’s a lot better now. I have the conversational Spanish up to par, and I can handle ordering in restaurants and shopping without having to ask for English.
|Sunset in Toledo|
The coolest thing about studying in a medieval city is all the architecture. The winding streets, cobblestones, and bricks give the city a feeling of timelessness. Air conditioning is not a common feature in Spain, so the medieval buildings do a lot to help with keeping a comfortable temperature. It’s going to be weird to go back to using Fahrenheit after months of using Celsius!
Fun fact about Toledo for all you Tolkien nerds like me: this is the city where they made all the swords for the Lord of the Rings movies. And boy are they proud of it. It seems like every tourist area has at least 3 shops dedicated in part to Lord of the Rings memorabilia. Not to mention, there are swords for sale everywhere, something I wasn’t expecting but found very cool.
|Lord of the Rings|
All in all, it’s been a good few months, and I can’t wait to come back to the States and tell my stories (and boy, are there a lot of them).