Wednesday, June 06, 2012

I have a family!

Yesterday was my last day of school here at Lampeter-Strasburg- my last day of American high school. I don't really know how I feel about that. Because yesterday was the last day of school, I was finishing up my third and fourth period finals and as soon as the bell dismissed us for summer, I checked my phone and I had an email. I exited out of the email and decided to save it for later, while I was reading my new text messages. Then I went to go look at the email and the subject line read "AFS: Your Permanent Host Family Placement with AFS-Spain". As soon as I saw that I started to freak out, I even started crying! My best friend and I decided to run all the way back upstairs to tell our Spanish teachers the great news. After many impatient minutes of waiting for an iPhone to load, I found out that I will be living in a medium-sized village two hours northwest of Madrid, called Arroyo de la Encomienda on the outskirts of Valladolid! My family consists of a mom (Nati), a dad (Antonio), and their three children- Laura (16, so she's nine months younger than me), Javier (10), and Iciar (4). I am very excited to have two sisters and a younger brother!

As soon as I found out this great news, I emailed my new host family a short email. It was definitely one of the weirdest feelings I've ever experienced. To my luck, they emailed me back just half an hour later! Although their English isn't the best, the email was so sincere; I can already tell I'm going to fit right in.

Then this morning, I woke up to two emails from my host dad, one with the corrected google map address of their condominium and the other was a pdf file with tons of new information and pictures about them. We have already sent a couple emails back and forth, and now I am awaiting a response!


Having a family and placement suddenly makes everything so much more real, but I have to constantly remind myself that my wonderful Spanish family in Valladolid will still be there in 90 days! just 90 more days.


  1. Hi Paige, I am a friend of Antonio's from Texas. You lucked out, you have gotten a wonderful family! I am looking forward to hearing all about your experiences.

  2. hi Margaret! thank you so much! Antonio seems to be very funny and the whole family just seems so wonderful! I am very excited to meet them! I thought it would be a good idea to share my blog with Antonio as well. how did you find my blog?

    1. Antonio sent me the link, so I guess he found it already! Antonio and I have been doing language exchange (English/Spanish) off and on for about a year. My husband and I went to Spain this year and the whole family met up with us in Madrid and Segovia, we had a great time and they are really nice people.

  3. okay now I understand, I sent Antonio my blog link last night. I really hope both you and Antonio enjoy reading my blog! it is really comforting knowing that you think my future family is wonderful. it is also really neat that you both are doing a language exchange! thats a great opportunity! thank you again :)