¡Hola desde Valladolid!

Cafés con leche with the teaches in the Plaza Mayor

Cafés con leche with the teaches in the Plaza Mayor

Today marks one week since I arrived in Spain and began my five week adventure in Spain. This first week has passed so quickly, as I’ve been preoccupied with getting to know my host family and exploring the city. I’m here for an internship at the International Immersion Institute, where I’m teaching English as a second language and preparing Spanish students for trips to the United States. The internship is not only a great learning experience; it’s also extremely fun due to the teachers, students, and it’s convenient location right in the Plaza Mayor!

La Plaza Mayor de Valladolid

La Plaza Mayor de Valladolid

The Plaza Mayor is the center plaza of Valladolid, so it’s full of people all day. I love spending time in the Plaza Mayor because it’s impossible to run out of things to do there. There are countless cafés, restaurants, boutiques — everything! I love to grab a café con leche (an amazing coffee with milk) right outside of the International Immersion Institute and do some people watching. The Plaza Mayor has been a great place to practice my Spanish, since I’ve interacted with a lot of people to order food and to ask for directions. Now I can order café con leche like a pro and find my way around the main parts of Valladolid with ease!

Making friends in Campo Grande

Making friends in Campo Grande

After the caffeine kicks in, I just have to walk straight through the Plaza Mayor on Calle de Santiago to go to my favorite location in Valladolid: Campo Grande. Campo Grande is a big park in the city that looks like it’s straight out of a fairytale. That sounds like an exaggeration, but Campo Grande is really a magical place. It’s full of beautiful flowers that grow over arches and in intricate patterns. There’s a beautiful fountain full of baby ducklings, and a lake complete with swans. What really makes Campo Grande a special park are it’s most fabulous inhabitants: peacocks! Peacocks walk freely around Campo Grande, and the locals of Valladolid act like this is just a casual occurrence. Meanwhile, I take at least 25 pictures of peacocks each time I visit Campo Grande. I am completely obsessed, especially because the peacocks are very showy with their feathers this time of year. Be prepared to see many pictures of peacocks as I blog about my experience in Valladolid.

It didn’t take much time for me to fall in love with Valladolid. It also didn’t take much time for me to use my storage on my iPhone to take pictures of peacocks in Campo Grande. I’m excited to see what these next four weeks in Spain hold for me — other than countless cafés con leche!

About the author

Haylei John

¡Hola! My name is Haylei John, and I’ll be sharing my experiences in Valladolid, Spain with you through my blogs. I’m an International Studies and Spanish major at St. Bonaventure University from Salamanca, New York. I’ll be spending five weeks in Spain for an internship at the International Immersion Institute, where I’ll be teaching English. I’m excited to be immersed in the Spanish culture—especially through eating muchas tapas and drinking plenty of café con leche!