This post is by Anthony Hernandez, a Communication Studies major and Spanish minor at Portland State University. During the 2012-2013 academic year he is participating in the CIEE Language and Society program and the Communications, New Media and Journalism program.
I do not ever want to eat a bologna sandwich again. In one month, Spain has changed me, taught me what a real sandwich is, and proven to me multiple times that there is a world of sandwiches that I never knew existed. Take a moment to think about the classic American choice, the bologna sandwich. I used to find comfort in the white bread sticking to the roof of my mouth and the happy simplicity of it all. It was the lunch of my elementary school days, and it got me through the hard times of college when I was sick of Top Ramen and needed a cheap alternative. After being in Seville for just over a month now, I can confidently say that my love affair with bologna sandwiches is a thing of the past. Seville has a sandwich culture like none I’ve seen before, and it has stolen my heart and kicked my old sandwich routine to the curb.