Small but friendly Belmonte

Small but friendly Belmonte El Castillo de Belmonte by .Bambo.

This article was written by Global Graduates, published on 15th February 2010 and has been read 3795 times.

Belmonte, Spain - small, convenient, diverse, warm, Spanish  The good thing about going somewhere quite small is that you make friends really quickly, as everyone knows each other! If anything, living and working in a small place really shows you what working life is like in Spain, you get to know your co-workers better and you get to see what life is like as a local. The Castilla-la-Mancha region has good transport links close to Madrid, so I used to go there quite often to get some culture and city nights out during my time away. And from Madrid, you can pretty much go anywhere, so I was always busy!  I visited Salamanca, Toledo, Sevilla, Madrid, Cuenca, Albacete, Barcelona, Granada and Valencia while I was there.  Don't be scared about your year abroad - do exactly what you want to do; it’s the best year of your life and you deserve to make the most of it! Travel, speak the lingo and you'll make friends for life!!

Useful local words: 'Tío', 'hombre', 'no me jodes'.

What not to pack: Too many jumpers.

What to pack: Your student card.

Couldn’t have done without: Adaptors, photos and jars of cooking sauces!!

Word of advice: Don't judge a book by its cover - I really enjoyed my time there because I give things a chance!

JV, French and Spanish, Newcastle University

 

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