Britton Stacey

Spain

Hometown:Winter Park, Florida
School: Winter Park High School
Sponsor District : District 6980
Sponsor Club:Winter Park-Breakfast, Florida
Host District: District 2203
Host Club: The Rotary Club of Alicante

 

My Bio


¡Hola! My name is Britton Stacey. I am 16, and a sophomore at Winter Park High School. I live in Orlando with my mom and stepdad. I enjoy being in the school Marching Band, Boy Scouts, and the school Water Polo team. I love school and my favorite subjects are science and history. I also love sports and one day I hope to be a Sports Broadcaster. I am in my church's youth group and I am in the youth choir. I love to travel and have been traveling by myself since I was seven. When I have free time I like to relax and hangout with my friends. I am so happy to be a part of the Rotary Exchange program for the 2014-2015 year. I love to learn cultures, and I love to travel so I thought this was an awesome opportunity for me. I look forward to my year in Spain to start. I hope to become more diverse culturally, and linguistically while abroad. I am so happy to see how the people in Spain live and I can't wait to experience it. I hope to be a great ambassador both in Spain and for the USA. I can't wait to share my experience with others.

Madrid Orientation

Madrid Orientation

Paella

Paella

Old village with my host dad

Old village with my host dad

Barcelona Stadium

Barcelona Stadium

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Real Madrid

Real Madrid

Indian Food with friends

Indian Food with friends

Journals: Britton - Spain

  • Britton, outbound to Spain

    So I have now been in Spain for over 8 months and it’s time to write another journal. This journal, however, is going to be a little bit different. It is going to be about the year in general.

    This year truly has been the best year of my life. There are a lot of things that I have gained for the rest of my life. I can now say that I have friends from all over the world from the U.S.A to Taiwan. That is something that not very many of my friends can say and something I am very proud of. I have friends that I am going to have for the rest of my life whenever I need them, and that is a great thing to have. When I started the year I never thought I would have so many good friends.

    I have now learned a new language and a very profound one. I can now speak and understand Spanish very well. Yes, sometimes I make mistakes, but that happens. I am so happy that I have learned Spanish because it’s one of the languages that is very important in the world. I can now communicate if I am ever in a Spanish-speaking place. I also like Spanish because it will be very useful to help me get a job.

    The places I have seen I never in my life imagined seeing. I have gone to Barcelona and Madrid and see some of the most amazing buildings and museums ever. I saw maybe the most beautiful palace the royal palace of Madrid. I have seen the Sagrada Familia one of the most beautiful and interesting places ever. I have been to Benidorm with one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. I have been to professional soccer matches of Real Madrid. One of the most amazing experiences ever. I went scuba diving on in a beautiful island that I will never forget.

    I have been to castles that are really amazing and that I would not be able to find in the U.S.A. I have been to the mountains a one in a lifetime experience that you can’t find in Florida. I have seen some of the oldest villages in Spain and the history about them. I went to a Spanish military base that used to be an American military base in the mountains. The things I have seen in Spain are breathtaking and life changing.

    This final part of my journal I want to say things to the future outbound’s. One of the biggest things I realize now is the difference of countries. I always thought that the U.S.A was the best country but I now know that’s not true. No country is better than the others. All countries are different. They all have their unique cultures and traditions. This experience will be one you never forget.  I promise you don’t take it for granted. I can tell you I don’t have any friends that probably will ever have an experience like this. You need to realize how lucky you are to have this experience and be thankful. Be open to stepping outside of your comfort zone because you will have more fun that way.

    Finally thank you Rotary for giving me this one and a lifetime experience of living in a foreign country. This journey will be will something I carry with me for the rest of my life.

    Britton


  • Britton, outbound to Spain

    I have been in Spain for over five months and this is my home forever. The time is moving faster than I imagined, it seems like just a couple weeks ago I arrived.

    I have now experience the holidays in Spain. Christmas is a time where everyone gets together and celebrates. They open presents just like in the U.S.A and after families have a lunch together. For dinner you go to a family members house and have a big dinner as a family.

    For New Year’s everyone is with his or her family. You have dinner and after you wait until the ball drop. For the whole night there is live music. When the ball drop comes you eat 12 grapes to close out the year.

    In 2015 so far I have been to a house in the mountains with my host dad and my friend. I have also been to Madrid for a match and it was awesome, I was row 3 behind the goal and I had a great view.

    Overall I am enjoying Spain and progressing in my language. I can’t wait for the final five months of my exchange. Goodbye until next time.

    Sincerely,
    Britton



  • Britton, outbound to Spain

    I can’t believe I have been in Spain for over three months now. The time is moving to fast and I wish it would slow down. I had some time so I decided to write my third journal.

    My time here is now getting easier because I am really getting a grasp on the language. I can now pretty much fully understand what my friends are trying to ask me. The hard part is it is still difficult for me to form responses to questions, as sentence structure is difficult. I usually just try my best to say something so I don’t look foolish. Luckily my friends are very nice and understand the situation and help me a lot.

    School is fun by can be very confusing at times. I still am trying to get used to going to different classes every day and the rooms are always changing. The classes are difficult because my teachers talk fast and it can be hard for me to understand what they are saying sometimes. I try my best to copy down everything the teachers write or draw. I am very thankful to have teachers that are very willing to try and help me.

    There are many new things I have tried in the last month. I went to the cinema with another exchange student. We saw a movie in English but it had Spanish subtitles, which was good. Unfortunately there were some little kids in the theatre and they would not stop talking so we could not hear the movie. Overall it was a good experience to finally go to a theatre in Spain and see what it was like. Next time we will be seeing the movie in Spanish and will be able to understand it.

    I have also experienced scuba diving in a town called Benidorm. That started when one of the exchange students sent a message saying he was going and he invited everyone. What happens is you go to the island and they give you an hour-long safety course. The next part is where you put on the wet suit and they explain about the oxygen tank. You then get on a boat and drive for thirty minutes to the diving spot. Each person falls backwards into the water one at a time. The instructor then takes you down under the water and you start the experience.

    It was one of the best things I have ever done in my life and I’m so happy I got to experience the event in Spain. I hope to go again really soon. So for now I’m going to get back to my life in Spain and will keep having an experience of a lifetime so until next time goodbye.


  • Britton, outbound to Spain

    It has now been two months in Spain and my time keeps getting better. I have been at school for two months now, and I actually understand my teachers. My classes are still a bit hard to comprehend, but luckily I have great friends and teachers to help. I am not doing great on the tests but I know I will that will change.

    My basketball experience is also starting to get better. I am better understanding the plays and getting better at the drills. I practice three times a week, and everyday we do different types of drills. We also play a lot of practice games and it helps a lot with communication. I hope it will turn out to be a great year, and become better at basketball.

    I have had many more adventures in my second month in Spain. Just last week I went to Barcelona with my host dad. I enjoyed the city bus tour, which took us all over the city of Barcelona. We stopped at many places the first being a building made by Gaudi. It was amazing the colors on the building were like nothing I have ever seen before. I enjoyed the walking tour of the place. The next thing we did on the city bus tour was the Soccer Stadium. I got to experience seeing the field and I went through the museum. The museum had all the trophies the team had ever won. It was a once in a lifetime experience I will never forget.

    I have started to find all the new places to shop. There are many stores near my house and they all have clothes that fit me. The problem is that the clothes are all very expensive, and you have to be careful what you buy. Another thing about the stores is they don’t sell basketball clothes or sweatpants. You must always have Identification cards, and when you buy something you have to show it.

    I have also tried some new foods and many of them are very good. My new favorite Spanish food is Spanish tortilla or potato omelets. People eat them all the time as it is easy to make and is very filling. I also enjoy eating the Spanish ham, which you get at every meal, when you go to a restaurant. It is special because every restaurant presents it a different way. I think the Spanish cuisine is the best cuisine in the world and it will always be. It is one of my favorite parts of the culture in Spain.

    I have been here for two months and it has been some of the best months of my life. I have met some amazing people and friends I will always have. I am thankful to be in a beautiful country with such awesome people. I know this place will always be my home. I hope the rest of my year is great, and I know this will be the best year of my life. Until next time goodbye and I miss you.

    Sincerely,
    Britton


  • Britton, outbound to Spain

    My first month of a year in Spain. 

    I have been in Spain for a month and I have absolutely loved every second. I started school about three weeks ago at Cabo De La Huerta and I have learned a lot. I have learned that I do not know as much Spanish as I thought, but I am fixing that problem. The people at my school are so nice, and they love to help me with my classes or questions I may have. My teachers are very patient with me, as I don’t understand what they are saying most of the time. I luckily have friends that can speak some English and can help explain things to me or translate what I am saying to the teacher. I have a lot of classes including 2 English classes, Spanish, Biology, Physics and Chemistry, Gym, and Math. I absolutely enjoy every class, my teachers, and my school in general, and hope it continues to be an amazing experience.

    I am on a basketball team near my city and it is really challenging. I thought when I started that I knew basketball, and then I learned when everything is in Spanish it is challenging. The coach will say certain drills and I will do them wrong because I don’t know what we are doing. My team has tried to help as much as they can but they speak very little English. My teammates try and give me examples or say like a word, which actually help a lot. My coach speaks English but for the team he speaks Spanish, which helps me learn certain words, and helps me a bit with the drills. Everyday I know more and more and feel more confortable with the coach, and my teammates. I hope to be ten times better when I finish my year in Spain.

    Since I have been in Spain I have done many enjoyable activities. I have been to most of the Spanish beaches, which are absolutely incredible. The beaches were kind of a surprise because it normal for women to go topless and most women do. They also have completely nude beaches, which I saw a glimpse of and I know now where not to go. I also was not expecting to see so many people at the beach at one time it’s incredible. I also enjoy how close the beaches are to each other you can walk to any one you want it’s fantastic. I think the most fascinating thing is the water, it is so clear and the marine life in the water is mind blowing. One of the most beautiful things I have done is been snorkeling. It was life changing.

    I have been to many restraunts and have enjoyed the foods of Spain. I enjoy the family style dinners where everyone shares everything. The food they eat is better than anything in Florida and I already know I will miss it when I get home. I think my favorite dish is paella, which surprised me because I honestly thought I would not like it. The way they serve it is for a family and it comes with your choice of meat or with fish. The other really good thing is the massive lunches in Spain, which is followed by a siesta. In Spain lunch is the most important meal so you eat a light breakfast at 7:00, eat a big lunch at 3:00 and then a small dinner at 11:00. It took a while to adapt to the eating schedule and style but I actually think it is better than the U.S.A. I just love learning more foods and hopefully I will try much more.

    I am happy with my time in Spain so far this year I can’t wait for what this year has in store for me. I would finally like to thank Rotary for the opportunity to study in Spain for a year. The Rotary International program has turned a dream into a reality and for that I am grateful. I can’t believe it has been a year since this whole journey started. I can’t wait to keep posting more journals as my year continues. So until next time have a great time and know I miss you all.

    Sincerely,
    Britton


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