Cassandra Hanson's Blog (12)

Internship with the Kiddos

I haven't talked about my internship yet and I wanted to for those future students doing the same program and have the option. DO IT! It was so rewarding.

If you are debating, I highly recommend it .

I worked as a teacher's assistant in a local school that had elementary through middle school kids. I personally worked with 10/11/12 year olds either in their English class, or their 'citizenship class' that was taught in English. The citizenship class covered various topics…


Added by Cassandra Hanson on August 17, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Most Important Blog! (My Tips for You)

OK! I feel my best contribution with this blog would be to write some tips for future quarter abroad students. I wish I had known these things before coming. If you are going on the Spain program, or any in general, here are some things I recommend. If you want a quick list it’s here, or read on for explanations and anecdotes:

Things To Bring

Nicer clothes

 Of course this is optional, but we dress very…


Added by Cassandra Hanson on August 17, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments


There were two instances I was brought to tears in public on this trip.

The first was losing my phone in Barcelona, but the second was because of what my group did a couple weeks later.

Level 1 and 2 take separate classes, except our 141 culture class. One day after class, everyone was trying to decide plans to hang out. One of the girls was talking to me outside and from behind me, another girl named Eunji said, "Hey Cassie... We have something for you."

I turned around…


Added by Cassandra Hanson on June 17, 2013 at 3:06am — No Comments

Bitter in Barcelona

Hey everyone!

I haven't blogged in quite a while. I've had so many adventures and have needed to update for a while. The last update was about the south of spain and soon after I traveled to Barcelona. There, I got my iPhone stolen and was devastated. I heard so much about the pick pocketers and how careful you have to be. And I feel like I've been... almost to the level of paranoia. So I was so mad at myself and the guy that stole it without me noticing, that it nearly ruined the…


Added by Cassandra Hanson on June 4, 2013 at 7:01am — No Comments

1 Month Anniversary

It is the first of May and officially one month since I've arrived in Spain.

I can't believe time has flown by that quickly. This weekend we are taking a trip all together to see the southern part of Spain and some of the must-see cities. We will be going to Granada, Seville and Cordoba. (You can see it on the map above) Every…


Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:36am — 3 Comments


This Friday, I went to visit Segovia.

On the way 

The trip was through ACCENT - the company that UC Davis is partnered with here in Spain. I paid 25Euro and took the bus there with friends from the UC Davis…


Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:33am — No Comments

The Gang

Some of the gang at El Retiro

Best group I could ask to experience Spain…


Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:23am — No Comments

El Rastro

I found my new sunday morning ritual 

Today we went to El Rastro, which is a huge flee market they have every sunday morning . They sell everything and anything. There were genuine leather goods, shoes, bags, belts, clothes, scarves, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, and nicknacks. Some of the venders sell new goods and others have estate sales. …


Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:22am — No Comments

El Retiro


El Retiro AKA Heaven

Yesterday, my roommate (Rachel), and two of the boys (Omar and Andrew) decided to check out El Retiro. Everyone has recommended we go and told us how beautiful it is, but it exceeded my highest expectations. The park is goorrggeeoouusss!

We took the metro and the exit placed you right on the edge of the park. And so we walked.

Paved and dirt paths spiderweb across the whole park, which spans at least 10 city…


Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:20am — No Comments

Week 1

Hello everyone! 

Time for an update...

I can't believe it has only been 7 days. I feel like I have been in Spain for a month! I have done so much in this past week.

Shortly after I arrived, my house moms gave me a tour of the apartment and offered me coffee. We sat down and talked... or tried too... I explained that I only knew a little Spanish and she said she only knew a little English. I understood most of what she was saying and tried to…


Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:16am — No Comments

Longest Day of my Life

I made it... 


I can't believe how many hours I have been awake.

Only slept on the plane for about 2 hours and fighting with the sandman as we speak until its a reasonable hour to sleep here in Spain.

But everything went smoothly. There were at least 7 other people from the program on my flight so getting to the ACCENT center was easy and then Taxied to my host family's place.


My Spanish is probably no where near…


Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:12am — No Comments

D Day

It's D day...

Well technically it's 10 min until midnight of Departure day, but close enough! By the time in finish writing this it will be.

All the days leading up to it have been a valiant effort to try and organize the past half century of my life! (Not to be dramatic or anything)

Not only am I packing for Spain, but moving out of the house.. my house... I lived in for the past four years. After the Quarter Abroad Program in Madrid, I plan to stay longer and won't be…


Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:09am — No Comments




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