DINNER WILL BE THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY
I always look forward to dinner. We typically eat around 8:30-9:00pm. The days I look forward to most are Wednesdays and Sundays. On Wednesday our host mom makes a tortilla de patatas with pan con tomate…and on Sundays, we have a giant stack of bikinis (grilled ham and cheese sandwiches cut in half to resemble a bikini!) While we eat, we usually watch a game show called Pasapalabra. It’s a show about words so I definitely struggle to play along…but I get the jist! One day, we really thought that we were going to see someone win but we are still waiting. #teampablo
I love getting time to sit down and get to know my host family during dinner time. It’s a great time to connect with my host family and get some Spanish practice in. But there are some nights my roommate and I were out and couldn’t eat with our family…and although we were having fun, it was a bummer to send the text to our homestay family that we’d be home late.
And this love and excitement for dinner at our homestays is a shared sentiment within our cohort. One person, Jake, said that “it is awesome to have dinner with them everyday.” He and his roommate often send us videos of them and their host mom watching music videos and dancing.
Basically, if you have an option to live in a homestay or on your own in an apartment or residence hall, I would recommend the homestay experience every time! It’s an experience that you can make or break all on your own. Before coming, think about what you want from your time living in a homestay and make it happen! I wish I had done that for myself so I could have gotten the most out of my time from the very beginning. It’s normal to be nervous, uncomfortable, and even scared but those feelings will pass and make you stronger and more confident in the future.