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I’m interviewing Toni Caridad, a foreign exchange student who I’ve spent a lot of my time with during this school year. He agreed to sit down with me and answer a few of my questions to his best ability.

What are some major differences between Spain and America, whether it is the people, climate, or school?

A: People is usually more conservative in the United States according to what I’ve seen so far, because in Spain because of our history and the dictatorship we went through last century, being conservative is nearly an insult. Another difference would be that people here are more hospitable here than in my country, and another one I can tell is the whole “personal space” thing, because in Spain we barely respect that at least among teenagers, we are all the time pushing, pulling each other, in fact I remember a stupid game we had in my class 4 years ago where we tried to knock down someone so 3 or 4 guys could lay down on him, it was hard for the one who was under underneath but it was really fun, we ended up laughing it off. Also in Spain I think people are more talkative, I remember the teacher had to yell at us almost every single class, depending on how scary the teacher was, so that we shut up.

The weather in my region at least is very nice all year long, the winter is not really cold, between 40 and 55 degrees and the summer is a little hot between 95 and 105 I’d say. I never saw snow until I came here though. And it is a very wet weather, in the summer you sweat a lot but it barely rains, like maybe once a month depending on the season.

The main differences at school is that our schedule is different every day so we maybe just have English or History three times a week because every day the schedule is different, in my school at least is the teacher the one who has to go around the school to get to different classrooms, we have nearly the same partners every class so we are like a big family, and we don’t have sports at school, we only have Gym class and if you want to do either soccer or basketball or whatever you have to join a club outside the school.
What is your favorite thing about America that you don’t have in Spain, or that you don’t normally participate in Spain?

A: I think it is amazing all the different types of food, all the different choices you have here when it comes to food or drinks, restaurants like Sheetz where you can totally customize your own meal… I think it is amazing but a very unhealthy though

Have you ever ran with the Toros, or the bulls in Spain? Or have you ever been ran over by a bull?

A: Fortunately I never got ran over by a bull and I hope never to, although I’d like to run with the Toros at least once to see what it is like.

What sports have you liked the most in America that you don’t watch in Spain?

A: Probably hockey is the one I like the most here because it is very fast.

What is the difference between American classes and classes that you took when you were at home in Spain?

A: In Spain last year I didn’t really have as many choices as I do here, I think classes here are much easier to pass and less boring many times because the teachers here make you participate more often than they do in Spain.

I know Soccer is the main sport to play and watch in Spain, who is your favorite player and your favorite club team to watch/ support?

A: My favorite soccer team is Valencia although I think they suck lately but I still support them because it is the team I rose with, but my favorite player to watch probably would be Messi just because I like his style and because it is very pleasant watching him play.

What will you miss most about America when you are going back to Spain?

A: All the nice people I met here, that were nice to me. And of course the one that I fell in love with, Vanilla Cream Soda.

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