How to Prepare for Erasmus in Granada
05 jan 2017
The excitement of going on an internship abroad can be pretty overwhelming to the point that it can become scary, not only because it’s a new experience, it’s a new country, you don’t know what to expect, you're venturing into an unknown place that you know will make you grow, but at the same time you don’t know how that process of learning will be.
I would like to share some handy tips on how to be properly prepared when coming to Granada as an Erasmus. The advice is based on knowledge of people like me and other Erasmus interns and exchange students who wish they knew this before coming to Granada. These tips will help you be properly prepared for your new adventure in Granada, especially if it’s your first time going to Spain.
We may have a different kind of perspective on this country thanks to stereotypes and information given by the media, the biggest mistake we tend to do before going to a new country is not being properly informed about actual facts, and the best way to get to know about a place is by asking people who have been in the place you would like to go or by experiencing it yourself.
This is mainly aimed for people who have an EU passport, many of you may be already used to travel only with your ID card from your own country, but when living abroad you will have a lot of paper work to do and in some cases you may have to show a copy of your passport. Another reason why a passport is handy is because during your Erasmus experience there will be times when you will have the opportunity to travel to countries outside of EU, thus traveling with just an ID card is not possible and it will disturb you from the opportunity of visiting a new country.
A map of the city can be really handy when you’re phone is out of battery or when you don’t have Wi-Fi connection. Printing a map of the city can help you get around pretty easily, especially because Granada is a city where you can walk to almost everywhere, the distances between places are not far and you can enjoy the walk by seeing the variety of sights this beautiful city has to offer. Click here for a pdf version of Granada’s map.
It is always advisable to do research on the place you’re visiting, especially if you’re planning on staying for a long time. There are many blogs and information out there that you can find about Granada. If you don’t know much about Granada, I highly recommend the book ‘Tales of Alhambra’, in this book you can learn a lot about the history of Granada and you can get enchanted by the magical stories of the Alhambra Palace, which is the main attraction of Granada, the monument that reminds us of the Arab empire and the once famous Kingdom of Granada of the peninsula. Click here for a pdf version (Spanish)
4. Winter Clothes
Yes guys and girls! WINTER CLOTHES! Spain is not warm during all the months of the year, many Erasmus students and interns come with the illusion that winter in Spain is all about sun and beach, but when they come and see the reality that winters can be cold they complain because they only packed bikinis and shorts. Many of thesemisinformed students and interns have to spend extra money on winter clothes that will be worn only for a couple of months, but have no choice since it's pretty cold. Don’t be fooled by this misinformation that Spain is warm every time of the year, make sure to add warm clothes to your luggage. I also would like to remind you that these clothes won’t be used more than 4 months, especially in Granada where spring and summer can be pretty hot, sometimes with temperatures higher than 45 °C.
I hope these tips may help you be more prepared when coming to Granada for your new adventure as an Erasmus. I leave you with one of our informative videos especially made for all of you Erasmus interns and exchange students, enjoy!
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