My semester in Salamanca, Spain, has come to an end, but I thought I would look back at my time here. This post will reflect on newly discovered Spanish culture and can be a guide for students who decide to study abroad in Spain. When I came to Spain, I knew it would be different from my American culture, but thought it would be similar to my Guatemalan culture. Boy was I wrong!
The first thing I learned when I arrived in Salamanca was that when you greet people you give two kisses, one on each cheek, even if they are strangers to you. For example, when I first met my host dad at the bus stop I was told to give two kisses, so I did. But when I met new Spanish friends I had to do the same. I got used to it after a while and fear that I will be doing that when I get back to the states.