Email Address:

Phone Number:

Study Abroad Blog

Flight Credit Get a Flight Credit worth up to $1,250 when you apply with code* by June 30, 2024

Departure & Arrival: The Start of My Journey to Granada

February 20, 2018
by CEA CAPA Content Creator

4 airports, 3 flights, and 13 hours took me from Indianapolis, Indiana across the Atlantic Ocean to Granada, Spain. I've only flown overseas once before in my life, but I'm still amazed that in a matter of hours, you can be in a completely different country, on a completely different continent. The day I arrived in Granada was a day I had long looked forward to.

Ever since I applied for my student visa back in October, I had counted down the days until my departure. Even though I was focused on school and work during the fall semester, every so often I would stop and think for a moment about the reality of my decision: that in a number of weeks, I would be on a plane to another country to live and study there for 5 months! In those moments, I smiled from ear to ear, filled with excitement, but sometimes a little dread too. The visa, the passport, the emails all said I was really going to Spain, but sometimes it was hard to believe.

 Our CEA group waiting inside the Granada
airport. Even the airport was beautifully
decorated for the holiday season.

The day of my departure finally arrived, and my trip officially began. But honestly speaking, the trip itself was not that easy. Saying goodbye to my parents at the airport was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I was nauseous the first two hours of my international flight and hardly slept at all. While waiting in Madrid, I was tired and hungry and hot. And when I finally landed in Granada with many of the other CEA students, we had to wait so long for the bus to pick us up. But every long trip like this has its hiccups, and in the end, it’s worth it.

I knew it was going to be worth it when I finally stepped off that bus into a crowded sidewalk and made eye contact with my host mom, when she hugged and kissed me and told me how glad she was that I had finally arrived.

 Me and my host mom pose for a picture
my first night in Granada

The first night felt a little surreal but so right. I had dreamt about that day for so long, and when I was finally there in the moment, I felt surprisingly comfortable in my new environment. But my arrival in Granada was only the beginning. I've been here for just over two weeks now, and I'm still adjusting to the food, the different meal times, a new sleep schedule, and the language. I'm still figuring out the dynamic in my host family, still making new friends in the program, and still finding my place in the midst of everything.  But the journey I waited so long for is now my reality, and for the five months that I'm here, I'm going to soak it up for all it's worth.
 The Federico Garcia Lorca Airport

Yes, saying goodbye to family is difficult and emotional. Yes, airports and long flights are often frustrating. Yes, living with a new family in a big city can be a little overwhelming at first. But it's all part of the journey that I chose. There is so much more to discover in this new city I'm learning to call home.

 Attending the Cabalgatas Parade in the heart of Granada.
The parade was held just days after we arrived
to celebrate Dia de los Reyes Magos, a national holiday.

Anastasia K. is the Spring 2018 MOJO Blogger in Granada, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying English at Liberty University.

Read more about our CEA CAPA Content Creators.
Load more comments
Thank you for the comment! Your comment must be approved first




Receive a $1,250 Flight Credit when you apply by June 30, 2024

Get your flight credit code and access to Passbook in two easy steps. With Passbook, you can track your favorite programs and courses, save flight credits, and watch videos on the destination you're interested in.

Apply Now

Step 1 of 2

Step 2 of 2

*By providing your mobile number, you agree to receive recurring text messages from CEA CAPA Education Abroad notifying you of important program deadlines. Message and data rates may apply.

Privacy Policy   |   Mobile Terms   |   Flight Credit Rules

Your flight credit has been added to your Passbook. Apply now or view your Passbook to begin the next step in your journey.