Heading for Spain!

The Labyrinth.

My journey to Spain for the Global Studies Internship came to me in a rather roundabout way.  My major at Jamestown Community College was Nursing when I took my first Spanish class as an elective with Laura Anderson, who formerly directed the Global Studies program. Before I took the Spanish class, I expected the language to be a good way to communicate with patients from diverse backgrounds.  Little did I expect that it would also be the gateway to international travel!



I have been preparing for my journey to Europe in many ways — practicing Spanish, renewing my passport, getting my finances in order, and packing my belongings.  Since I live in the United States, I tend to be less active than most Europeans, especially since my return to school led to my spending much more time at a desk or computer than I had formerly.  I know I will need to walk to many places while I am in Spain, and fortunately I live in a rural area where long hikes in the woods are easy to access. For the past few months I have been getting in shape by walking to a beautiful site near my home — a 6-mile round-trip to Mount Irenaeus, a retreat center at the summit of a challenging hill.  One of my favorite features  is the labyrinth in the photo.  In a way, I have come to see the time I’ve spent on this path as the first steps of the exciting journey that is about to unfold.

About the author

Linda Larson

I'm Linda Larson, and my home is in West Clarksville, a small rural town in New York. My husband and I have four adult children and one adorable granddaughter. It's been a long time since I went off on an adventure, so when I learned about the Global Studies Internship in Valladolid, Spain, I enthusiastically applied and was thrilled to be chosen for this amazing opportunity. History, literature, art and international cuisine are all among my interests, so I can't imagine a more inspiring place to live and work than Spain!