Tellus: (tel’us), n. 1. [Latin] earth, soil, and the land; a country; the world. 2. a collection of Willamette University student’s insights, stories, photos and thoughts from their experiences studying abroad.

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My father always told me not to assume. I, being my rebellious self, would always ask him why. Almost before finishing my question he would always reply on the dot, “Because it makes you look like an ass son”. I then figured out later on that assume starts with the word “ass” and that it was probably a piss pore attempt of my dad to teach me a life lesson while telling me a joke simoltaniously. Although he butchered the joke the lesson was conveyed, I, to this day, try never to assume because in the end you do usually look or act like an ass. Regardless I did have some assumptions of Spain that in the end, of course, turned out to be proven wrong.
The first assumption I had of Spain was that everyone lived in a house. For some reason I had this idea that the houses in Spain were similar to the ones in my hometown of Eugene, turns out that Spain has the most urbanized people in all of Europe. When arrived I had to take an elevator to the fourth floor of this giant building were my very small apartment waited. I walked inside and, just like college, I was sharing a room the size of my bathroom (exaggeration) with a roommate. I have lived in this room for over a month now and I love it! Well the room is a little cramped but considering the size of this apartment I live a very comfortable life. It’s truly amazing how efficient the Spaniards are with their space and their energy!
The second assumption I had was that Spain, especially the south, was dirty, smelly, and overall a wasteful country. At first I thought I was partly right because there is dog caca everywhere on the streets, but eventually I was again proven wrong. Besides the occasional dog caca Granada is a very clean city, the odor of the bakeries and markets outweigh the dog caca, and as far as being green Granada is the greenist city I have ever lived in or visited in my life. Water and electricity is super expensive here so everyone uses them sparingly. Grocery bags cost money and there are public recycling bins everywhere. Again my father was proven right while I again looked like an ass.

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