As many of us can confirm, adjusting to life in a foreign country is no picnic. Yet, it sometimes gets even harder when you return to the UK after immersion in a completely different culture and have to try and adjust back to the way life was before… Here is our list of 30 clear giveaways that you’re suffering from reverse culture shock and struggling to shake off those (e)spanish habits!
Lauren Stevens is studying International Development Studies and Spanish at the University of Chester. For her year abroad, she spent 9 months in Melilla: 8 months working as an English Language Assistant and one month travelling. You can read all about her adventures on her blog. This is her insider guide to Melilla, covering everything from where to register as a resident to the best way to fend off mosquitoes...
Georgina is a student at the University of Kent and is spending her year abroad studying Sociology in Granada, Spain. Here are the five stages of grief according to her experiences in Spanish lectures at university in Granada.
Joss is studying Hispanic Studies at the University of Sheffield, and is spending the whole of his year abroad in Vigo, Galicia, where he is a Language Assistant. Here is his insider guide to surviving in the city - getting there, finding somewhere to live, eating and drinking, admin and ten things he wishes he'd known before he arrived in Vigo.
The N.I.E. is the Número de Identidad Extranjero - Foreign Identity Number to you and me. I was aware I would have to get something like this in order to do things like open a bank account, and to legally be here for more than 90 days. The problem is, it seems that every avenue of finding out about the process of it is absolutely shambolic - it infuriated me that nobody seemed to know exactly what needed to be done, despite telling me things as if they did. I will write how I got mine, and hopefully it will be of a more reliable source for those of you who need to get it and haven't, having actually done the process yesterday.
It's already May. How the hell did that happen. In the last month, we have had a week off for Semana Santa (which was brilliant - so much going out, day drinking, night drinking, watching processions, Taco Bell...oh so good), enjoyed some skating on the dry river Guadalmedina courtesy of our men at Mañana, and even an international food feria in Fuengirola (which was just insane, even if I did hemorrhage money - it was so worth it).
Georgina is a student at the University of Kent and is spending her year abroad studying Sociology in Granada, Spain. Here are eight observations she has made about cultural differences between the British and the Spanish...
Spanish people swear - a LOT. I didn't know this prior to arriving, having only socialised with students and the English ones swear in normal conversation anyway (well my friends do!).
It has been a crazy old week. I have officially booked my flight out there. I now have a one way ticket with EasyJet on 21st September at 5.15pm from Stansted. I am also bringing my parents as human donkeys to use their luggage allowance as my own. There is no way I’m paying for 2 extra suitcases, let alone carrying them alone!