by Amy Lambert on Thursday, January 28, 2010
My name is Charlotte and I am from Brighton, England. I am currently in my third year of a degree in Spanish and Italian, and as part of this degree we are required to spend the third year living abroad improving our language skills. I spent the first half of the year studying in Rome, but now I am here in Salamanca as one of the two new interns at the head office of Don Quijote. My duties include translating texts for the English version of the website, as well as creating some of the articles which you read, on anything from Federico Garcia Lorca to La Rioja wines (something I have developed a bit of a passion for during my time in Spain…..)!
Salamanca is a great place to be a young person; it is full of students, and so naturally has a great nightlife scene as well as a huge selection of tapas bars and cafes to hang out in when you feel like a quieter night! It is a small, clean, safe-feeling city; everything is walkable, allowing you to take in the breath-taking sights which are dotted all over the city. Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor is generally considered to be the most magnificent in the whole of Spain, and with good reason. In fact, in my opinion, it is worth coming to Salamanca even if only to see the Plaza Mayor.
I spent my first two weeks here attending classes at the Don Quijote school in Salamanca, which I really enjoyed. It was a great opportunity to meet people from countries all over the world, and the teachers at the school are so kind and helpful, and really good fun! The school itself is a lovely building, and it has a nice café where you can go and have a coffee with your new friends at break time.
Although people often think Salamanca is small, Spain is so full of opportunities for travelling that you don’t have a moment to be bored! From Salamanca you can get the train or the bus to a variety of different cities in both Spain and Portugal, and you can even reach a ski resort in just 40 minutes on the bus! After translating an article for the Don Quijote website about the Cadiz carnival a few weeks ago, I thought it sounded so great that I went home and organized a trip to go down to it myself with a group of friends!
I am really looking forward to the next few months here in Spain; improving my Spanish, making new friends and experiencing a different culture. Why not take a look at some of the courses don Quijote has to offer and you could be doing all of this too in any of the great destinations in Spain or Latin America. Who knows, maybe we’ll be seeing each other in Salamanca soon!
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