Enclosed Estepa

Enclosed Estepa Puerta de Estepa by E.R.R

This article was written by Global Graduates, published on 16th February 2010 and has been read 14609 times.

Estepa, Spain - rural, insular, beautiful, authentic, traditional  Although the town is very charming, Estepa was a bit too small and isolated for my liking. My job wasn't also quite right for me, as I didn't enjoy teaching as much as I thought I would. The tapas culture was good and there were plenty of bars in the town, but not much else.There was very little to do and the bad public transport made it difficult to get to cities...But I had (and really enjoyed) the opportunity to visit Madrid and nearby cities like Malaga, Cordoba, Sevilla and Granada.

Useful local words: ‘Mantecado’ (Christmas biscuit), ‘la cuesta’ (hill), ‘cervecita’ (beer!).

What not to pack: Excessive clothing and shoes.

What to pack: Warm clothing (yes, it is freezing in Andalucia in the winter!).

Couldn't have done without: My laptop and a small rucksack.

Word of advice: My advice would be to choose your year abroad destination carefully, as well as your occupation. Choose the option that will improve your language skills most, don't just go for the easiest or most fun option.

Caroline, French and Spanish, Oxford University

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