The city is home to many college students, as well as a large Spanish-speaking population. When Katie first arrived, she had difficulty communicating, but after completing an intensive two-week Spanish course, she is now finding it easier to understand the locals.
Katie is participating in a homestay with her "madre," Juana Maria. Through her program, Katie has had the chance to meet many new people, including a DG sister from Bucknell University.
Katie, who is a finance major, is studying with 21 other American students. They have been walking their way through several Spanish sites, including a castle in Alicante and to the top of a huge coastal rock in the village of Calpe.
If you would like to read more about Katie's Spanish travels and studies, check out her blog: kategoesacrossthepond.blogspot.com.
Katie and Bucknell DG, Steph, are pictured from the top of a castle in Alicante.
During an unplanned, undirected walk, Katie and fellow Mizzou student, Abby, posed in front of the beautiful Mediterranean coastline.