I recently got back from a five week trip to Spain as part of a language immersion program. Having never been to Europe, I was impressed by every aspect of the country. I wanted to see everything there was to see about the country: El Prado, La Alhambra, La Sagrada Familia. However, not only did I want to see everything there was about Spain, I caught the “travel bug.” I wanted to see everything there was in Europe. Now I’ve returned home with a list of places in Spain I want to return to and a list of places in Europe that I want to go to. I only hope that some day I’ll have the time to do so.
In my five weeks there, I did not just do sight seeing, but I also spent a lot of time becoming friends and talking in spanish with Spaniards of my own age. Spending so much time speaking the language made me feel really proud of my language ability and very happy to be in Spain. Speaking Spanish did not just make me want to speak more Spanish, however. I want to learn another language. I do not know which language I want to learn, but my sincere hope is that I could one day be as good at that language as I am at Spanish, or English for that matter. Good enough to be able to make genuine friendships with people who speak that language.