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Tips for getting along in Spain

• Get into shape before going to Spain. In other words, be prepared to walk 5 to 6 miles non-stop at any given moment. Practice on the Bear trail. Walk when you can. Remember, you won't have a car in Spain, and people love to walk there.

• Whenever you have a problem with your family, talk it out in Spanish--you may have to struggle, but the result will always be more positive than just doing nothing.

• Try to adapt to Spain's ways of doing things as opposed to the way you are accustomed to doing things. Don't be critical just because their way of doing something is different than your own. Perhaps you need to re-evaluate your own way of doing things.

• Try the food and be open minded about it. Rejecting it outright because it has an unfamiliar look or taste is childish and foolish.

• Don't expect the food to taste like mom's. It will certainly be different, so expect that and go with it. New food and new experiences are a part of Baylor in Spain.

• Go places in two's. Two heads are always better than one in unfamiliar places and situations. Carry a map.

• Don't carry your passport unless you are going to need it for identification. Otherwise leave it at home in the apartment where you are staying.



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