Today is the day that we leave USA for Cadiz Spain. We are about to embark on a wonderful cultural and academic experience that will enrich our understanding of the Spanish language and health care system, but also to strengthen the connections between University of Massachusetts Lowell and the University of Cadiz. We will be in Spain for 14 days and will be taking a medical Spanish course taught by faculty from University of Cadiz. In addition to the language course component we will be visiting hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, herbal stores, and food markets to help us understand the similarities and differences in the US and Spanish health care systems. I am very much looking forward to traveling with the nursing students and sharing these activities. This is my 6th trip for the Solomont School of Nursing ( Ghana x 3, Chile and China). Each trip has enriched mine, as well as the students’ understanding of global health care. Please check back often to hear some of our stories and see our photos. For now… time to pack .. the plane leaves 5:30 on Friday May 12th.