Lexa Black

I lived with a host family in Madrid, Spain.  Neither of my Spanish parents knew how to speak English at all, so it was very difficult at the beginning.  But as I grew more accustomed to their way of life and to only speaking in Spanish, we became very close.  My host mom, Concha, was a former chef and owner of her own restaurant.  I was very lucky to have the opportunity to try a variety of traditional Spanish dishes.  Since I studied abroad for a full semester, I had more opportunities to travel. 

A group of friends and I traveled to Venice, Florence, and Rome for 5 days. While in Rome, we visited the Trevi fountain. It is said that if you stand with your back to the fountain and throw a coin in over your shoulder while making a wish, that wish will come true.   My wish was to have a positive study abroad experience that I would never forget.  Without a doubt that wish came true and I would do it all over again if I had the chance. I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain with International Studies Abroad (ISA), which is program provider.  Through ISA, we went on excursions all throughout the country including Granada, Salamanca, Segovia, and Toledo. Through these excursions, I was able to see different parts of the country and experience many of the different cultures that are represented throughout Spain.
Antonio de Nebraija University, Madrid, Spain, Spring 2012
Lexa enjoying the views of Toldeo, Spain with a few friends