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  • My last days in Spain I felt content and very ready to leave. The beginning was very difficult to adjust to. Interestingly enough, I had more culture shock in Spain than I did in Taiwan - or maybe I should say that it was much easier to adjust in Taiwan because it felt more welcoming and was an environment that fit better with my values, allowing me to feel more comfortable and a stronger sense of belonging. I think that in Taiwan I had a much better support system and had a great roommate that I did most things with and she was much more proficient in Mandarin so she took me under her wing in the language department. Although as a whole I did not specifically enjoy my time in Spain, I respect the experience for what it was and how it helped me grow as a person. I...
  • I’m glad I was able to make it to a soccer game during my time in Spain. It was a difficult process to get tickets for the teams I specifically wanted to see, but the team I was able to get tickets for was one of Sevilla’s teams - Sevilla FC. Since I saved money by not going on any big trips, I decided to splurge a bit on my ticket so I could have a good seat in the middle and close to the field. I ended up being just a few rows back from the field and loved feeling so close to the action. At the start of the game there was a song that everyone sang and throughout the game there were periodic chants and cheers from the stands. We ended up winning 1-0. At the end of the game I stayed as long as I could...
  • Although we did not have a Thanksgiving Break, there were Holidays that fell conveniently in a row so that there were open days for a long trip without missing any class. Many people planned trips to places such as Germany, but I wanted to go somewhere closer and without a plane ride to eliminate the chances of Covid related issues. I also didn’t want to go on a very long trip considering that finals were that next week and I wanted to have plenty of buffer time to study. I settled on spending three days in Faro, Portugal. It was only about a three hour bus ride from Sevilla. Crossing the border to Portugal, officials stopped the bus and got on to check everyone’s Covid vaccinations and tests which was drastically different from my trip weeks ago to Lagos, Portugal. That trip our bus was not stopped at all and...
  • One of the most interesting experiences was my day trip to Gibraltar, a British overseas territory. The following are fun facts I learned throughout the trip that included walking through the airport runway, the caves of the big rock, the monkey area, and the center area. There are free buses for transportation to avoid traffic and to lower the number of cars on the road, also considering the very limited parking spots available. As in England, the cars originally drove on the left side of the road. However, this changed after a considerable and consistent amount of car accidents occurred on the border with Spain as cars had to adjust to driving on opposite sides of the road. The big rock is one of the main attractions along with the monkeys that reside there. The rock includes different stones such as Jurassic Limestone that is two million years old. The...
  • In Sevilla there are two soccer teams, Sevilla and Real Betis, with a big rivalry between the two. Today was the soccer derby between the two. My host sisters and I watched the game over dinner, with each sister rooting for a different team. They explained to me the difference of the two teams and this is my impression of the two teams based on that information: Sevilla is a high performing team with intense fans. They are used to winning and feeling successful. Real Betis is a type of meme, underdog team. They don’t have a great record, but the fans are excited and supportive whether they win or lose. When someone messes up it’s a joke for someone to say that it is a “Betis goal”. When picking between the two, the logical choice would be Sevilla. In the Premier League I’m a Liverpool fan, also successful and...

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