My name is Camelia and I am studying at University of Suffolk. I started getting involved with Student Life because I wanted to get to know more people, be more confident, but mostly because I felt that university experience is also about what I do outside classes.
Discovering a new country made me realise that every culture has many interesting things to offer. From the language to traditional dishes and drinks I discovered and enjoyed them as much as I could. I went to Tenerife as I studied Spanish on my university course and it was a true adventure. The journey started early in the morning, the plane journey was around 4 hours long and to arrive at the hotel took us nearly 2 more hours. Being my first long journey in a while I did not realise when the time had passed as I was listening to music and enjoying the view that I had. When we got there, the first thing that I noticed was the weather, it was very sunny compared to what we left in England. There were many impressive aspects that I noticed. From the first evening when we went to discover the area, the people around were very friendly and were trying to help us if we needed any information. The teachers that were with us had a schedule for every day. We visited tourist areas like the volcano Teide which was impressive in the structure and the view from there was amazing.
We tried a specific type of coffee called Barraquito which is found only in Tenerife and it tastes quite sweet. We participated in a carnival and it was very different from what we expected. The way the carnival was organised was that everybody had a seat and was looking at people walking on the street. They all had specific costumes, some of them had artistic moments, like dancing and singing along the way. Everything was organised so that people could see them and enjoy the time there. The most unexpected thing that we did was riding a camel. At first I found it a bit scary but by the end, I was enjoying it. All these activities were all different from what I had experienced so far, it was a good opportunity to enjoy the Spanish culture.
Things that I enjoyed the most in this trip were discovering the food, the way people celebrate and stepping out of my comfort zone by talking in Spanish. All of them put together made this trip a good one. There were aspects that did not go as I was expecting, but I tried to focus on the good ones and now I feel that I made the right choice. Especially the last night, we went out to see the fireworks. Even if it was almost middle of the night lots of people with children and the elderly gathered in the city to celebrate the last day of the carnival. I was very impressed with the way people were walking around and enjoying the moment.
Tenerife is a very good destination for a holiday, it has lots of places that deserve exploring. The atmosphere is lovely, people are friendly, and the weather is amazing. My experience in Tenerife charged my batteries, and now I am ready to complete my assignments and spend lots of time in the library.