Hilary Misle

Chapter 4: Spanish Stories

Retiro library


In 2016 I moved to Spain to step into the role of English language and culture assistant. I quickly learned that although their native language was different, my Spanish students’ desire to hear and tell stories was the same as that of their American counterparts. Their apprehension toward speaking English, curiosity about American culture, and eagerness to share themselves with me shaped my own personal narrative. In our modern era, intercultural exchanges provide context for the vital stories that we tell to make sense of our world.




Little library in Retiro Park, Madrid.