The Final Farewell – Our Last Night in Soria

Student Zeke Lloyd ’24 is studying in Spain during Summer 2022 as part of CC’s Summer in Spain program, based in Soria. Students live with host families and participate in city life during two summer blocks. In addition to immersive language learning, the program incorporates multiple cultural activities and excursions to places such as Madrid and San Sebastian, to learn about the history and cultures of Spain. Zeke is sharing stories and images of his summer experience throughout the course.

The end is the hardest part.

On the last night of the trip, we gathered with our host families at the international school’s auditorium for a final farewell. Administers delivered closing remarks, thanking students and families for being a part of the journey. A local guitarist strummed out several songs in the Flamenco style. And for the last segment, eight Colorado College students took the stage. After two months of classes in salsa and bachata, the students performed a cohesive five-minute routine incorporating both styles of dance.

Then we moved to the courtyard, where the open green space was illuminated by the setting summer sun. As dusk drew closer, we spent the evening swapping stories. No one was a stranger. In every conversation lay common experiences, intangible camaraderie, and unforgettable memories. We showered host families with endearing tales, trying to express our deepfelt gratitude for their generosity and kindness.

Finally, at 4 a.m., we met at the bus stop, where we shared our final goodbyes with the people who had become family. As we drove away from Soria, Charlie Rounaghi ’23 described the farewell simply but aptly: “That was really sad.”

Goodbye, Soria. Thanks for sharing your summer with us.

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