My First Impression of Spain

July 19, 2019

Today’s blog post comes to us from UMass Boston student Katrina Rojas! She’s studying abroad with us this summer in Salamanca, Spain. 

UMass student & API student Katrina Rojas in Salamanca, Spain

Of course, I was very excited to travel to Europe for the first time. But what I did not expect…

was how HOT it was going to be. Man, the views are great but this heat got me wanting fall to come sooner (and my host parents don’t have AC, but I learned that having AC is not really common in Spain)!

However, I honestly wouldn’t trade this for that Boston weather, y’all can have that. But yes, anyways, my host parents are wonderful people. They live in this cute little apartment, and I have my own room. I have a roommate named Nathalia who’s 22, and she goes to my school too.

Tomorrow I have my placement test and we start actual classes on Tuesday, so I am looking forward to beginning that process and getting into the groove of things. Hopefully we don’t have a ton of work to do every single day because the sun does not set until almost 10:30pm and I plan to do therapeutic things like maybe finally start a book (out of the many that I buy but never read).

Fast Forward: First Day of Class

I walked to class today, which I probably will never do again. It was a very far walk but we learned how to take the bus so my roommate and I plan to utilize that as much as possible (it has AC, unlike our classrooms)!

I like all of my classes because besides my grammar class, the other two classes are focused on literature. As an English major I find this pretty interesting. My teachers are super nice and sweet; I’ve already got a favorite. His name is Nauzet, and he’s from Gran Canaria (an island I had no idea existed until today) & he dresses pretty dope too. He taught at Emory University in Atlanta which is cool, and he worked for an editorial company (which is sort of in my line of career interests). Day 1 down, 18 more days to go!

We can’t wait to hear more about Kat’s time abroad! Want to join us in Salamanca for Winter 2020 (January-March)? Applications are due in October! Get started here.


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