T-1 week until I leave for Spain for the entire summer. The thought of it is frightening, but also thrilling. I will be going to Sevilla, Spain for 10 weeks this summer. Although I have been to Spain before, and this will be my fourth time to Europe, I am still incredibly nervous. The thought of moving somewhere I have never been, with people I have never met, is kind of unsettling. But then I think of everything. I think of how incredible European culture is, how beautiful the Spanish language is; and I think of how much I love learning about new cultures.
I am not unaware that I will experience culture shock, unlike before, when I was just visiting Europe for 2 week blocks of time. I know it will be different, maybe even challenging at first to live with a host family. It will hard to adjust to eating dinner at 10:30-11:00 every night. But these adjustments are things I am excited for. I am excited to adjust to a new way of life, and mostly, I am just excited to be able to study in a different country and culture again. It is truly an experience like no other.
I will be taking 12 hours, traveling to new countries, and (hopefully) gaining fluency in a language I love. Last summer, I had the opportunity to go to Arezzo, Italy. However, this trip was only a little over 2 weeks; almost not even comparable in length to the 10 weeks I will be living in Sevilla.
I know that this summer I will not be happy every second. In fact, I think this is a flaw in most of our thinking before we go abroad. Everyone always says how amazing it is, which it is. However, every moment isn’t amazing. Before we go abroad, I feel like many of us students have this pre consumed thought that every moment has to be perfect. But that is not even close to true. There are times you will be homesick; I will be homesick. You will want to go home, speak english, or simply just have the convenience of hoping in a car to do everyday things. However, it is okay to feel like this. It is okay for every second to not be perfect, and I think that is a really important thought to keep in mind before heading abroad.
Next week I head off to Madrid, then to Sevilla by the end of next week. I am going to Morocco at the end of May, and hopefully plan to visit Portugal, Eastern Europe, Ibiza or Majorca, and some other places. I plan to blog throughout this trip. Last summer & every time I go abroad, it really opens my eyes & inspires me to write. I am so excited for the food, culture, language, music, flamenco dancing, & more. Thanks for reading (‘: