Hey y’all! I am currently studying abroad in Málaga, Spain on the Mediterranean coast. I’ve been here for just about a month now and I have to say I’m pretty well settled in! I am living with a host family and they honestly couldn’t be any better. They we are so welcoming and made my roommate and I feel welcome from day 1. Since I have been here for a month I have a pretty set routine down.
A typical day for me consists of waking up really early to get ready for class, I can’t just throw on a t-shirt and nike shorts like I can back at Ole Miss. I have class at 8 am Monday through Thursday so that means I need to be in the kitchen for breakfast by 7 am. Every morning Pepe, my “host father” makes me two pieces of toast with some orange juice and there is usually some cereal sitting on the table as well, which fits with the typical light Spanish breakfast. I head to my bus stop, which is right next to Malaga’s Plaza de Toros, while it is still dark (the sun rises really late here) then make the 25 minute commute to campus. I go to the University of Málaga which has a separate campus for students studying abroad so my classmates are mostly people in my ISA study abroad program. I am taking only classes in Spanish and I am done by 12 Monday through Thursday and do not have class on Fridays. Then I take the bus home to have lunch with my host family.
In Spain, lunch is the biggest meal of the day and people typically don’t eat until about 2 or 2:30 in the afternoon. After lunch is the “siesta” when many businesses close for a few hours, and its the perfect time for napping (though most Spaniards don’t actually nap during this time). Generally after lunch I do my homework if I have any and then if its nice enough I go to the beach or head downtown to el “Centro” where there are lots of shops and restaurants. After Christmas, retailers have a long period of “rebajas” (sales) so now is the perfect time to go shopping and get deals on literally everything. Other ways to occupy the afternoon include the multitude of museums that Málaga has or walking along the port and enjoying the weather.
Dinner doesn’t happen until usually at least 9, which was a strange adjustment but it is usually something lighter and I’m definitely getting used to it at this point. There are tons of things to do after dinner because the shops stay open late and Málaga has a very active night life with lots of bars and restaurants.