Una Buena Vida

Beautiful spring day in Valladolid.


Wow! I am still in shock that two weeks have already passed by. It feels like just yesterday I arrived in Spain, but there’s soooo much that I have been doing!

Me! In the Plaza Mayor.

During the week I am completely occupied (probably the reason why everything is happening so quickly!). I teach at least two classes every day, make my plans/preparations for future classes, and still find time to spend with my host family! To be honest, I was a bit nervous at first. But I knew once a few weeks passed by I would get more comfortable with my new routine.

One of the more exciting classes I taught this week was with two kids, Julio (7 years old) and his sister Raquel (4 years old), in their home. We made pancakes! It was a fun and delicious way of teaching English to them. It’s unfortunate that you can’t make pancakes in a regular classroom!


The Theater.

Besides teaching this week, I also got to do some pretty fun stuff! After my classes on Thursday night, I went for half-priced tapas and pinchos (‘finger food’) with my host sister, Elena, and my neighbor, Guillermo. It was really fun and tasty. I even got to ride down to the city center on the back of Guillermo’s motorbike! So exciting! Also, on Friday night my host sister and I went to see flamenco dancing at a beautiful, old theater in the center of Valladolid. It was such a unique experience!

Talk to you all soon!


About the author


Hello everyone! My name is Dana Filsinger and I am from Jamestown. I'm currently an Individual Studies Major. I am about to embark on an incredible journey to Spain. While I am there, I will be an intern, assisting and conducting English-speaking classes. I will be living with a host family while I am there and I am looking forward to spending time with them and learning more about the Spanish culture.