Getting on the plane to Spain I was excited and terrified at the same time. I couldn’t wait to meet my family and experience life in a different country, but I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to communicate and that I was going to miss my American family. Despite my worries, living in Spain is one of the most amazing things I have ever done. Of course it is an incredible way to learn the language and experience the culture, but I also learned a lot about myself. I learned what it means to advocate for myself, what it looks like to put yourself in someone else’s shoes....and I learned how to order food pretty darn quickly :) Living with a host family is such an awesome way to experience life in Spain. And you make relationships that will last a lifetime. I still regularly communicate with my family and friends there. Not to mention the fact that my spanish speaking and understanding went through the roof. I went from having a bit of vocabulary and a basic understanding of verb conjugation to easily having a conversation with someone. If you’re looking for a way to experience culture, learn spanish, or just travel, there’s no better way to do it than this.