A few days ago, I was sitting in the living room when I heard Amanda start yelling from her room. “SIBLEY SIBLEY SIBLEY, check your email, CHECK YOUR EMAIL!” As she came bursting into the living room, I pulled up my email in order to learn why my normally calm and collected cousin was shouting at me and bouncing off the walls.
|This is pretty much what she was doing.|
Sure enough, I had an email from the study abroad office. I opened it and saw that it contained our homestay assignment for this fall. Amanda and I are going to be roommates! (Again!) We had requested each other on our housing questionnaires, but that was no guarantee that we would be together, so I was excited and relieved to see that we will officially be living with the same family.
Even better, the email contained a letter from that family. It was written in Spanish, which, while not unexpected, we still found really exciting. They are a family of three—a couple and a son several years younger than us. In the letter, they explained that they are a thirty minute walk or a fifteen minute bus ride from the university, and they are looking forward to helping us have una experiencia inolvidable en Espana, an unforgettable experience in Spain.
Of course, after reading all of that, I was as excited as Amanda, so we bothered our other roommate and probably the residents of the room below us by dancing around the apartment like crazy people. Now we’re working on a letter back to our host family, but it’s taking a while to figure out, in Spanish, how to express how much we are looking forward to meeting them and how much we appreciate them opening their home to us.
Summer seems to be flying by. We leave six weeks from tomorrow!