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Less than 2 weeks ’til Spain: Reasons to be freak out & be excited

31 May

“Without adventure civilization is in full decay. – Alfred North Whitehead”

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(all-that-is-interesting.com)

My trip to Spain is approaching! Of course, I am super excited. Each time someone asks me what I’m doing this summer, I start beaming. I’m so excited that yesterday, I bought a book about Spain (Madrid and Toledo, specifically), and I’m already almost finished with it.

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I’ve never left the country before, so I’m not sure what to expect. I’m looking forward to the experience, but of course, I’m NERVOUS!

Reasons to be Freak Out:

  • I haven’t started packing. I’m not sure whether that’s actually a reason to freak out or not. But, I’m kind of freaking out. I still haven’t sorted through any of my things (moved out of my dorm over a week ago) or done any laundry. So, I don’t know what’s what. I need to decide what to take and what to keep here. (As urgent as I’m making this seem, I am sitting here typing and watching Juice instead of doing it.)
  • The flight. I haven’t been on a plane since I was about 10 years old. So…it has been about ten years. I don’t really remember what it was like. All I know is that I’m nervous. Something about the entire thing freaks me out. Wish me luck…
  • Confusion. I have so many questions (I’ll post them in a later post)
  • Being away. I’ve never been so far away from my family and friends! Also, I’ve never gone SIX WEEKS without seeing them!

Reasons to be EXCITED:

  • As I already mentioned, I’ve never left the country. This is an opportunity to travel in a way that I never have before.
  • Practicing Spanish. I have always wanted to travel to a Spanish-speaking country. This trip will be an amazing experience in which I can practice Spanish through immersion. I will be taking two courses (War and Revolution in Spanish and Spanish-American Poetry, Painting and FilmChristian, Muslim, and Jewish Art) which will both be taught completely in Spanish.  I am slightly nervous about this, because the material has the potential to be complicated. In addition, I will be living with a host family. I love the Spanish language, so I am excited for this opportunity to practice while I enjoy Spain. I am not super nervous about speaking Spanish. Well, kind of. I don’t have much trouble understanding it, but Spanish accents….IDK. WE SHALL SEE! I am sure that it may be a bit overwhelming at first, but I know that I will get the hang of it!
  • Partying (a.k.a. drinking legally). Enough said.
  • Meeting new friends. I am excited to hang out with a new group of people! I am already friends with a number of students who are going, so I’m excited to build upon these friendships and create new ones.
  • SPAIN. I have always wanted to go to Spain! I have heard so many amazing things about the country!

Overall, I am looking forward to this experience! Actually, my excitement is close to becoming obsession. I’ve downloaded a number of Spain-related iPhone/ iPad apps. Also, once I received my host family information the other day, I Googled them (I’m a little nosy), and found the blog of a girl who had the same family…IN 2008! So I’ve been reading her posts for the past few days. To wrap this up, I am super pumped for SPAIN (maybe too pumped)!

XOXO.