Let us introduce Magdalena Foltyn, Erasmus exchange student. As part of her academic stay during the second semester of the year 19-20, Magdalena took part in the Spanish language courses at the International Spanish Center – CIDE.
You can also read her text translated to Spanish here.
Normally I’m studying in Kraków but over one year ago I applied for Erasmus exchange. I decided to study at Deusto because I wanted to stay in a completely new surrounding and learn Spanish. I could choose other places in Spain but some of my colleagues from my home university told me that Bilbao was a great spot and they recommended it to me. I arrived in Bilbao in January, two weeks before the regular classes had begun. Spain welcomed me with cold and rainy weather. I decided to come earlier to take part in intensive Spanish course and to get know the city a little bit to not be confused. I was exploring Bilbao, attending classes and drinking coffee in cafeteria at the university with my just known, new friends.
I’ve graduated in Tourism so that I’m keen on travelling. It was my second time in Spain but first in the north part and I would say I loved this place at once! All those green areas, mountains and blossoming tress impressed me and made me feel welcome. During those two months I spent there I saw a few places, but at the top of my list there is Mount Artxanda. I enjoyed breathtaking sunsets seeing from that point and picturesque landscapes of Bizkaia. I was also a member of Happy Erasmus organization and ESN. Thanks to them, I visited Urederra, Pamplona, San Sebastian and Biarritz. I appreciate that people who create these networks are ready to help in any situation, especially during that demanding time due to coronavirus.
Unfortunately, just one month after starting my studies at Deusto pandemic of covid-19 broke out. I left Bilbao but I don’t regret any day I spent there and I’m sure I’ll be back to make all undone things up. I recommend such experience for all students – you’ll see many things from different perspectives. I can say it was worth all my effort and let me discovered my favorite place in Spain!