Kay Turnbull

Kay is in Spain on her year abroad from University of Aberdeen. She is linked with Elgin Academy in Moray and Alva Academy in Clackmannanshire.

¡Buenos días a todos!

¡Buenos días a todos!

I hope you all enjoyed your October vacaciones! 

I can’t believe I have been in Alicante for almost dos meses, it has gone so quickly! I have so much to catch you all up on.

When I arrived at the bus station I took a taxi straight to el piso which the university had organised for me. I met my landlady and my compañeros del pisoand settled in to my new surroundings.

Our piso is located right in the centre of Alicante which is amazing! It is a 5 minute walk to the tram station which is how I get to university and 10 minutes to almost anywhere else you need to go. Plus, just 5 more minutes of walking will take you to the beach!

Something which has made my experience so far so great are my flatmates. There are four of us in total, from all over the world –ChinaFranciael Caribe and me from Escocia – making the experience ever more cultural, as not only am I learning new things about España, I am learning so much about other countries and cultures too. They are all super lovely and there is always someone who is available for a chat or ready to go out and explore!

We spent the first week getting to know la ciudad and meeting lots of other Erasmus students through events organised by ESN (Erasmus Students Network). We went to the la playa, took a trip to El Castillo de Santa Bárbara and went to various parties. It was great and I loved getting to know so many people from so many different places!

Now onto the studying part of it all…I am actually enjoying the classes and the amount of work is manageable at the moment! However, one big difference between the UK and Spain is the timetable. I was aware that most things during the day run a little bit later than how they do at home, for example, el almuerzo is normally around 3pm and la cena at 9 or 10pm. But, no one had prepared me for classes finishing at 9pm!!! The earliest I begin is 1pm, so the university day isn’t actually too long, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever get used to finishing so late. 

In between going to classes and doing university work I have been trying to make the most of my 6 months here. Each fin de semana my flatmates and I try to go somewhere – whether it be nearby, such as Benidorm, or further afield like Mallorca. Visiting so many different places allows us to properly experience la cultura of Spain and aprender so much about the country.

In terms of the getting better at Spanish, I have definitely noticed some improvements! I can comprender a lot of what people say, although I definitely have to concentrate a lot in lectures. Also I can understand most of what people say, unless they start talking in Valencian. Valencian is a co-official language of Spain and it is similar to Catalan –la lengua spoken in Barcelona. In some way it is similar to Spanish, but completely different in others. Also, I am finally understanding some of those tricky grammar points and enjoying being able to actually use them! 

How are you all finding Spanish so far? Are there any aspects you find particularly difficult or any that you find easier compared to German or French?

¡Hasta luego!



¡Buenos días a todos! – good day everyone

las vacaciones - holidays

los Meses - months

el piso- flat

compañeros del piso- flatmates

China – China

Francia – France

el Caribe – The Carribean

Escocia – Scotland

España – Spain 

la playa – beach

el almuerzo – lunch

la cena - dinner

aprender- to learn

el fin de semana - weekend

comprender – to understand

la lengua – the language

¡Hasta luego! - See you later! 

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