Repost from fellow blogger (and one of my best friends), Julia!! Reminiscing about beautiful summer evenings in Seattle and spending time with wonderful people. Thanks for sharing, Julia! Can’t wait to see everyone back at school in just under a month!
Hello all! Greetings, again, from Spain! For those of you who don’t know, I’m currently studying abroad in the beautiful city of Barcelona for the semester. Currently I’m only posting about once a week until I return, which is much sooner than you’d think! Speaking of which, it’s about time to start the final countdown until I return to the U.S.
I’ve been in Barcelona for more almost 3 months now and I can truly say that it has been the best experience of my life so far (alongside my experience at SU, of course). It has been my dream to go abroad since I was a sophomore in high school (way back when…gosh, time flies!), and I finally made my dreams a reality a year ago when I began searching and applying for study abroad programs. I sold my car, saved up some money, got my credits approved and next thing I knew I was off to Europe! After traveling the continent, learning a new language, meeting amazing people and learning about so many new things, I can’t believe this experience is coming to an end.
If you ever get the chance to study abroad, DO IT. It’s worth the money. It’s worth the stress. It’s worth leaving. All because you get to return. As much as I don’t want to leave, what has gotten me through the tough times here is reminding myself that I will return to my friends and family, my community, back home at the end of December. It’s quite bittersweet but I am so excited to be back in the Emerald City (still one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to, and I’ve been to a lot of places now) and I can’t wait to get back to studying in my favorite Capitol Hill coffee shops with my best friends.
See you in about a month, Seattle!
Until next time,
I know I’ve been a little absent lately (sorry for the lack of posts, I’ll be sure to keep it up!), but in case you didn’t know I’m currently studying abroad in the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain! Things have been a little crazy lately with cultural adjustments, trying to further grasp the Spanish language, and do well on my midterms!
My classes here are on the semester system and I still haven’t gotten used to it. I’m SO glad SU is on the quarter system! Midterms seem to last a lifetime, and although they don’t come around in weeks 3-7, like it can during the quarters, they seem to last FOREVER. I finally finished my last midterm about a week ago, and now realize that I have about 6 various forms of “finals” that I have to do for my 4 classes. Despite the stresses of school, it doesn’t come close to outweighing the exciting adventures and new experiences of being abroad.
So far I’ve traveled to Valencia, Munich (for Oktoberfest), Paris, Toulouse and the South of France, London this coming weekend, Italy the one after and then my program is done! Crazy!! After my classes end I will be traveling with my Swedish cousin to his home in Stockholm, Sweden to celebrate Christmas with the Swedish family - I can’t wait! It has been quite a whirlwind and I can’t believe I’m over half way done.
Despite my love for Europe, my love for my host mom and my new friends, I have really been missing Seattle. I miss Seattle U’s beautiful campus; I miss my daily routine and the campus cafes, such as the Byte (one of my favorite study spots) as well as the grilled cheese from the Side Bar Cafe; I miss my favorite Capitol Hill and South Lake Union restaurants, as well as the beautiful vistas and scenery that surrounds the city. But most of all, I miss my friends. My friends are my family and I truly have realized that I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for them. They have helped shape me in so many ways and I have learned so much from my many adventures, amazing conversations, and life-long memories made. Most of all, I miss just having an absolute blast with them.
I am so fortunate to have been given this opportunity, but I can’t wait to return to the Emerald City, start giving tours again, and to be back at Seattle U! Until then, I’m going to milk this experience as much as possible! More posts to come soon.
Until next time,
Sorry I’ve been so MIA lately, but for those of you who don’t know, I’m currently studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain, for the semester. I’ve been in Barca for about two weeks now and I’m already loving it. I’ve met some great people and seen some awesome things, and I can’t wait to get to know the city even more. I will be maintaining a personal blog about my adventures here on tumblr that you’re all more than welcome to check out. The address is www.amantedemapas.tumblr.com. Hope you had a fantastic summer and welcome to SU, Class of 2017!
Hey everyone! I apologize for not posting recently - I’ve been very busy! Lots of weekend trips, busy days at work, and recent visitors to the city!
Monday marked one month until I leave for Barcelona, Spain, to study abroad for Fall quarter. Wow. One month!? Where did the time go?? I’ve created a travel blog that I encourage you all to check out (if you’re interested) documenting my adventures and experiences while abroad.
I can’t believe I’ll be leaving the country in just 4 weeks time. For me this really means that I need to focus on friends, my job, and the last few weeks here in Seattle until I return in January. I love my home city so much, and the biggest challenge for me right now is to get my head out of the clouds and to stay present while I’m here. Going abroad takes so much planning, preparation, bookings, forms, documents, packing. The list goes on. But it will all happen, regardless. No matter how much or how little I plan and worry, I’m going to Spain nonetheless. That being said, over these next few weeks I hope to remain present and enjoy the rest of summer here in this beautiful city. Until next time!