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MVHS foreign exchange student spent first Christmas in America

Posted: Monday, Dec 30th, 2013

MVHS foreign exchange student Sara Alda Justicia from Madrid, Spain, adjusts to American culture while finding friends and cheering for the Mountain View Buffalos. PIONEER PHOTO/Samantha Maxfield


Pioneer Reporter

MOUNTIAN VIEW — Mountain View High School foreign exchange student Sara Alda Justicia from Madrid, Spain, will spend her first Christmas in America.

Alda Justicia came to America in July to spend a year working on her English language skills and says that things in America are much different than in Spain.

“Spain is a very religious country, and we celebrate Christ being born,” Alada Justicia said. “We do not have Santa Clause in Spain, but each country has their own beliefs and culture.”

Alda Justicia spoke of the traditional Holiday in Spain being on Dec. 28, with the feast of the Holy Innocents. On Jan. 6, a celebration of the three wishes man, known in America as the three wise men, is celebrated by putting shoes on a balcony hoping for them to be filled with gifts.

For Alda Justicia, the hardest adjustment between a Christmas in Spain and in America is missing her family.

“I miss my family tremendously, and at the beginning I was really lonely.” Alda Justicia said.

Many things have changed since her arrival in July, and Alda Justicia has found friendly people to surround herself with and refers to her host family as her second family.

For the complete article see the 12-27-2013 issue.

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