Kate Connaughton

IES Granada, Spain

Describe your typical day:
In between classes some friends and I would hang out at various cafés. Then for lunch my host mother would make a big meal, which was always followed by a siesta. During the afternoons I would explore the city and go on hikes and end the day by going out for tapas with friends.

Favorite food discovered while abroad:
My host mom would make paella every Sunday, she would be cooking all day, it was really delicious.

What was one highlight of your semester off-campus?
One of the trips organized by IES was traveling through morocco for a week. I loved this trip because it was so immersive; we were able to stay with families and form relationships with Moroccan students.

What was your favorite part of the city to visit?
El Albaicín was great, it was so unique. I loved how diverse and artsy the culture was there was always music playing in the streets.

What was one challenge you faced during your semester off-campus?
The language barrier was tough to overcome at first but it got better as the semester went along. Some cultural practices were an adjustment too, I kept forgetting to keep my bread on the table instead of my plate.

Make an effort to form relationships with locals. Some of my favorite people were Spaniards that I met in random places around the city.