As October is now close to ending and I’m well into my daily routine here in Spain. I wanted to share with you my ” Spain Schedule”. Each country has their routine times on when to eat meals, go to the university, socialize with family and friends, sleep and siesta (my favorite part of the day), and go out.
I get asked a lot from family and friends back home ” How is it living in Spain”, “Are you having a blast”, ” Is it true that you eat dinner at 10pm”, and my personal favorite ” Do you really go to the university there?”
1)Living in Spain is wonderful. 10/10 recommend. 2) I have blast everyday, all day whether im in the university, at home, at the beach, or even in Mercadona ( the supermarket here) 3) yes, dinner is between 9-10pm 4) Yes, I go to the university everyday and learn a ton inside and outside the classroom.
Living in Spain is a dream come true that I wish could be prolonged. Before my trip I was nervous to be living in a country where I knew little about their daily routine lives. After living here now for two months and half months I can say that the transition wasn’t super hard when you have an excellent environment where you can flourish in.
I am living with an extraordinary host family. My host mom is Italian and my host dad is Spanish( Born in Madrid), but they met each other while living in Argentina. ‼️ Talk about relationships goals ‼️ Together they have lived in Argentina,Mexico, Venezuela, and now plan to stay in Alicante, Spain.
My Spanish family have been an enormous part of my experience. My host dad fills my days with stories from every country, their political system, people who have influenced other parts of the country. Every night at dinner we could sit for hours upon hours and discuss the entire world if we had the time too. My host mom states that she ” believes in me more than I do in myself”. Every time I have an interview, an exam, a quiz, or a presentation, she gives me the most amazing pep-talks and hugs. My host sister who teaches pilates as her full-time job has opened up her heart to me and acts as if I was her blood sister. She reminds me a lot of my real sister, Alicia because she’s always willing to help me when needed and is hilarious even though I would never admit to it. All together this family has had my back, supported me, and bought me delicious chocolate from day one. They encourage siesta hour almost everyday, going for runs, and the days I don’t go for a run they encourage in indulging in ice-cream.
My schedule here in Spain changes monthly depending on the difficulty of the courses I take. Now that October is finishing I will be using the months of November and December to tell you how my schedule is because it will be staying consistent.
I will be taking Introduction to Spanish Literature with Professor Laura. I had professor Laura in September for conversation and it was genuinely one of my favorite college classes I have ever taken. The only other class I will be taking for these two months is Service Learning Course which is a volunteering class with a weekly blog plot. ( More to come in another blog over SLC).
So, the time has now come to show you my schedule! On a daily basis this is what it would look like to work, be a student, and live in a foreign country.
Schedule for November and December
On my Mondays & Wednesday’s my schedule is the following:
8:15am- My alarm goes off 🙃 , but I begin getting ready for school. Then, I eat breakfast which either consist of coffee, hot chocolate, or tea. I eat a piece of fruit and a slice of toast every day I just rotate the jams.
8:50am- Very specific time I know. This is the time I have to be at the bus stop. only on two separate occasions have I had to run after a bus here. I guess the earlier bird does get the worm after all.
9:30am-10:45- I have Introduction to Spanish Literature. I’m excited for this class to start so that I can share what I learn with you all.
11:30am- I will return how to either 1) take a siesta, 2) exercise, 3) catch up on Netflix ( I recommend watching the Spanish tv show La Casa de Papel)
Between 2-3pm- My host mom prepares here delicious food and we eat lunch! In Spain, it’s very typically to eat meals later in the day. Many people come home for lunch to enjoy this time with their family and eat peacefully.
3:30pm- I walk to my service site/ job!
4-9pm- I work at Alinur which is a school/ residency program for people with intellectual disabilities.
10:30pm- After a long day I come home to take the best shower ever ( I say that after every shower) and I eat dinner! Compared to Lunch, dinner is a very light meal consisting of a broth soup and vegetables.
On Tuesday’s I do not go to Alinur, but instead tutor two kids in English.
Thursday’s and Friday’s I do not have work nor tutoring so I spend these days studying and exploring. On Friday’s we also don’t have class 😃🎊
Important ‼️‼️‼️ In spain, La siesta is obligated. Siesta is normally after you eat lunch and according to my host dad is always necessary. They really don’t believe you can continue with your day unless you’re well rested. I just really love Spain.
That’s my schedule in a nut shell for the months of November and December. I am shocked to see how fast these months are flying by, but my heart and head are so full and content with everything I’ve learned, seen, and eaten. I hope this helped you to see the differences in routine based on where you live.
Thank you for reading,
Cira Nicole Buffington