Alba Cerdeno (Spain) & Daria Gloor (Switzerland)
D: How long are you going to stay in Santa Barbara?
A: I am going to stay in Santa Barbara for about six weeks.
D: Why did you choose Santa Barbara?
A: I chose Santa Barbara because I always wanted to visit California and I saw that EF had a school here in Santa Barbara. So I googled it and the pictures looked really nice!
D: And how do you like Santa Barbara so far?
A: It’s great! I like the Spanish architecture of the city and the open-minded lifestyle.
D: And how is your host family? Are you feeling good there?
A: So that’s a hard question, because the host mother is really nice, but the house is so dirty. There are a lot of spider webs, lots of dust and huge piles of books and magazines. Once my pillow fell to the floor and when I picked it up there were three dead mosquitos on it. It wasn’t a nice experience.
D: Oh that sounds awful! How many people live there?
A: In my host family, there is an old woman with one cat and there are also five students with me. They are all very nice and friendly.
D: So how do you get to school? Is it far away?
A: First I have to walk 15 to 20 minutes to the bus station and then drive by bus for about 10 minutes. From the bus station I have to walk another 5 minutes to the school. Overall it takes me half an hour to get to school.
D: So it’s your first week here. What have you done so far?
A: I went to the beach, to the farmers market and also to State Street and to the shops there.
D: What activities do you have planned for your stay? Do you have a bucket list?
A: I want to go surfing and once I’d really like to go to San Francisco to visit the city. Also I would like to go to L.A where Universal Studios are.
D: That sounds great! Thank you for your time and the interesting interview. I hope you enjoy these next weeks and find a better option for your host situation.