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CIEE Alcalá de Henares LA study abroad FALL 2013 Newsletter 3.



We all went together to Valencia from the 20th to the 22nd, which is a successful trip because of the good weather and the beach. But, let’s not forget our cultural walking tours through the old part of the city. 

We went by AVE (Spanish speed train) to Valencia.


Our hotel was amazing: good rooms and very good breakfast.


We visited the old part of Valencia and also the new area called "Ciudad de las Artes y de las ciencias".



But I really think that the favourite place for the students was the Oceanographic.


It was an amazing week end. The students tried paella and horchata. 


We enjoyed this first field trip.







Comida de Alcalá


La comida en Alcalá es muy diferente, pero muy buena.  Primero, el horario de la comida es diferente del horario de la comida en los Estados Unidos.  En los Estados Unidos estoy acostumbrada a desayunar a las ocho en la mañana, mi almuerzo a las doce o una de la tarde y mi cena a las cinco y media o a las seis de la tarde.  Aquí en España, yo desayuno a la misma hora que en los Estados Unidos, pero almuerzo y ceno más tarde en el día.  Almuerzo a las tres de la tarde y ceno a las nueve de la noche.  También en España, muchas personas comen con su familia,  mientras que en los Estados Unidos yo como con mis amigos cuando estoy en mi universidad, con mi madre o mi hermana a veces o sola cuando estoy en mi casa. 


¡El tipo de la comida de España es muy rica!  A mí me gusta muchísmo la comida de mi familia en España.  Mi madre en España me da mucha comida cada día y esto es típico de muchas madres en España.  Mi familia cocina varias tipos de comida, algunas como la comida en los Estados Unidos.  Mis favoritos son la tortilla, los espaguetis  y las empanadas.  La tortilla tiene huevos y patatas, los espaguetis es casi como los espaguetis en los Estados Unidos, con un sabor diferente, y las empanadas tiene pescado y huevos dentro.  Una comida típica de España es la paella.  La paella es un plato con arroz, verduras, mariscos  o pollo.  Unos postres típicos de España son las rosquillas de Alcalá.  Las rosquillas son masa frita con cobertura de huevo.


Los restaurantes aquí tienen comida barata.  Muchos restaurantes tienen un menú del día o tapas.  El menú del día tiene un primer plato, un segundo plato, una bebida y un postre.  Las tapas son comidas pequeñas y baratas.  Puedes pagar por una bebida y obtienes una tapa gratis, así pagas dos o tres euros sólo.  Hay varios tipos de tapas, como empanadas, pasta o bocadillos pequeños. 






   Food in Alcalá


The food in Alcalá is very different, but very good.  First, the meal schedule is different from the meal schedule in the United States.  In the United States I am used to eating my breakfast at eight in the morning, my lunch at twelve or one in the afternoon, and my dinner at five-thirty or six at night.  Here in Spain I eat my breakfast at the same time in the United States, but I eat lunch and dinner much later in the day.  I have lunch at three in the afternoon and dinner at nine.  Also in Spain, many people eat with their family.  In the United States I eat with my friends when I am in school, with my mom or my sister sometimes, or buy myself when I am at home.


The type of food in Spain is very good!  I really like my family’s food in Spain.  My mom in Spain gives me a lot of food every day and this is typical of many moms in Spain.  My family cooks various types of food, some like the food in the United States.  My favorites are the tortilla, the spaghetti, and the empanadas.  The tortilla has eggs and potatoes, the spaghetti is almost like the spaghetti in the United States with a different flavor, and the empanadas have fish and eggs inside.  A typical food from Spain is paella.  Paella is a dish with rice, vegetables, seafood, or chicken.  Some typical desserts from Spain are rosquillas.  The rosquillas are fried dough with icing.


The restaurants here have cheap food.  Many restaurants have a menu of the day or tapas.  The menu of the day has the first plate, the second plate, a drink, and a dessert.  The tapas are small and cheap meals.  You can pay for a drink and get free tapas, so you only pay two or three Euros.  There are various types of tapas, like empanadas, pasta, or small sandwiches. 






Mi familia de España.  Me cae bien toda mi familia.  En España, tengo una familia con la que puedo hablar, comer y vivir.  Mi primer día en España, tenía miedo, pero después de la primera cena, supe que tenía mucha suerte con mi familia.  ¿Quién es mi familia?  Dani, Elena, Claudia y Javier.  Hablaré un poco  de todos ellos…

Dani:  Dani es moreno, alto.  Su personalidad es muy relaja y divertida.  No es difícil hablar con Dani.  Hablamos durante horas sobre todo tipo de cosas, por ejemplo, política, negocios o cosas diferentes en España y los Estados Unidos.  Dani sabe muchas palabras en inglés y si tengo problemas con un palabra en español, el me ayuda.

Elena: Elena es morena, guapa ¡y siempre tiene frio!  Su personalidad tiene mucha vida.  Hablamos sobre muchas cosas, especialmente de mi familia.  Elena quiere conocer mucho de mi familia, y la relación que tengo con todos ellos.  ¡Elena es una cocinera fantástica!  ¡Las mejores cocineras que conozco son mi madre en España, y mi madre en los Estados Unidos, soy una persona  con mucha suerte!

Claudia: Claudia es morena y tiene diez años.  ¡Le encanta hablar!  ¡Mi primer día, tuve medio porque no entendí todo que decía, pero ahora, cuando ella vuelve de colegio, hablamos durante mucho tiempo!  ¡Claudia fue a los Estados Unidos durante el verano, y a veces, ella me habla en inglés para practicar!

Javier: Javier tiene ocho años y también es moreno.  Tiene mucha energía, hablamos mucho y jugamos a muchos juegos.  A Javier le encantan los videojuegos en la Wii, en mi iPhone, pero especialmente Minecraft.  Javier me enseñó sus videojuegos y las cosas que podía hacer en ellos.  ¡A veces jugamos juntos a juegos en la Wii, pero él es mucho mejor jugador que yo!







My Spanish Family.  I get along with my Spanish family very well.  In Spain, I have a family that I can talk, eat and live with.  My first day in Spain, I was scared, but after the first diner, I knew that I was very luck with my family.  Who is my family?  I will talk a little bit more about them…

Dani- Dani has brown hair and is tall.  His personality is very relaxed and fun.  It is not difficult to talk to Dani.  We talk for hours about all kinds of things, for example, politics, business, or things that are different between Spain and the United States.  Dani knows a lot of words in English, and if I have problems with a word in Spanish, he helps me.

Elena- Elena has brown hair, is pretty, and is always cold!  Her personality is full of life.  We talk about many things, especially my family.  Elena wants to know many things about my family, and the relation that I have with them all.  Elena is a great cook! The best cooks that I know are my Spanish mother, and my American mother, I am a very lucky person!

Claudia- Claudia has brown hair and is ten years old.  She loves to talk!  My first day, I was scared because I did not understand everything that she said, but now, when she returns from school, we talk for a long time!  Claudia went to the United States during the summer, and sometimes, she speaks to me in English to practice!

Javier- Javier is eight years old and also has brown hair.  He has a lot of energy; we talk all the time and play a lot of video games!  Javier loves videogames on the Wii, my iPhone, but especially Mine craft.  Javier showed me all his videogames, and the things that you can do in all of them.  Sometimes we play videogames together on the Wii, but he is a much better player than I am!



CIEE Alcalá de Henares LA study abroad FALL 2013 Newsletter 2.



Last Friday September 7th 2013 we went to Madrid down town. We enjoy the city and the weather.  The students could learn the public transportation system with their B3 orange cards.

  B3 sin datos

Now you can have a look at the pictures.




CIEE Alcalá de Henares- LA program- Study abroad newsletter 1- FALL 2013.


Like every September, here is our first letter of salutation. I was with the group at all times to support them and help them at orientation, and also we had the help of Beatriz Jiménez (IBF professor of Latin American Literature).




Almost all the students arrived without incident, but one of the students flight –our male student- was delayed and the fight company lost his suitcases in Brussels, which made us a little bit unhappy.




Very tired, and with sleepy expressions, the female students and I went to eat together before their first big nap in Spain, something they needed very, very much. Then, the male student arrived to the orientation hotel.




At last, all the students and I had a nice dinner in the hotel restaurant.




Orientation on the second day was very calm and productive, the students paid close attention in all of the sessions regarding: safety, course registration, rules on the trips, housing, computer use, cultural differences, semester objectives, trips, courses, etc.





But we think that the most exciting moment for everyone was meeting the host families and roommates at the residencies.





 We have done many things to get to know the city and the Spanish people better.  We went to Cervantes Square, the House of Cervantes, the cathedral, we saw the buildings of the University of Alcalá, the Alcalá Central Market, the main street, and we went to a supermarket.



Classes began on Thursday, September 5th in the Instituto Benjamin Franklin. During this day they had a chance to visit all of the classes that they wanted, but several classes were cancelled because there were fewer than 5 students.

  And on Friday 6th we are going on our first outing to Madrid.  We´ll show that to you all soon...