On May 21st, I arrived at Charlotte International Airport also known as CLT to get on my flight to Spain. I made it to the airport in enough time to get through customs (which was a headache in itself), stop by the currency exchange were I changed my American money into Euros, and grab something to eat. As I anxiously waited at my gate for my flight to start boarding, I contacted all of my friends and family to let them know I was boarding soon and I would let them know when I arrived in Spain.
As I got on the plane, I began to feel it was all so surreal and remembering all the things that I had to do and the people that helped me get to this point. I know that with out God this blessing of studying aboard would have not come true and I thank him for that. Once I got on the plane and got settled in my seat I said my prayers and was ready for take off. During the flight they provided dinner that was not so pleasing to my appetite, but it was food and I was hungry (lol). Dinner consisted of chicken in a light brown gravy, rice, a roll, Swiss cheese with crackers, a small salad, caramel brownie and water. After the meal I was sleep for the rest of the flight.
8 hours and 30 mins later I arrived in Madrid, Spain, I picked up my luggage and headed to the bus station. It was hard to read the signs because a lot of them were in Spanish. I used the little Spanish I knew to get to the bus station successfully. I slept the entire three hour bus rise to the Zaragoza bus station. From there, I took a 10 minute taxi to my hotel, Hotel Horus. When entering the taxi, I asked the driver "if he knew where Hotel Horus is and he responded “Si”. That's when it actually hit me!!! "I'm in Spain!!
I walked into the hotel and was greeted by my Atlantis Project site manager and the owner of the hotel. They got me settled into my room and went over a few house rules, give me specifics about breakfast and other important information. Shortly after that I had the wonderful chance to meet all of the other participants of this once-in a lifetime 3 -week program.
Getting here was a little challenging, but I am so excited to see what Day 1 of the shadowing through the Atlantis Project has to offer.
I am a senior, Biology major, at Bennett College. Summer 2017 I am participating in the Atlantis Project Fellowship. The Atlantis Project Fellowship is a 3 to 8 week pre-medical international fellowship program for students who plan to apply and complete medical school. This program allows students to spend 20+ hours per week shadowing doctors in multiple specialties in hospitals abroad in Europe and south America. I chose to study in Spain