Today, it will be my last entry for this study abroad journey. Time has never gone faster in my life than this semester has. The experience of being abroad is just something you cannot take for granted. I only have 11 more days till I step back onto United States soil. Before my closing remarks and all, I’d like to talk about this last week here.
For the span of five days, beginning this past Wednesday, I traveled to Alicante and Granada, Spain. This was the first time I had traveled outside of Barcelona on my own. Every other trip I had taken was with a friend. The sense of traveling alone has two main traits. It’s freeing because you have the ability to think only for yourself, make your own decisions without debate, and do what you want. However, it can be lonely at times because you are not sharing that experience with another person. When traveling alone, please take these things into account. If you are an individual who doesn’t like to be alone when traveling, then try and find someone to accompany you. If not, then get after it.
I enjoyed the ability to travel alone. It was a whole new experience on this trip, and it happened so late in the semester too. Experiences abroad do not stop at any point. That is something that is invaluable with this opportunity. Both cities I visited were incredibly beautiful. It reminded me of the reasons why I loved the South of Spain in the first place.
This next week and a few days will be incredibly bittersweet. Yes, I am ready to go home, but at the same time I wish I could stay. The conflicting feeling is just such a complicated thing to understand. I’ve met so many wonderful people who I’ll have to say goodbye to for who knows how long or if I’ll ever see them again. Thanks to technology, communication is easy which is a positive. Still, it’s a sad moment.
Barcelona was an incredible experience which I’ll never forget. Every moment here was special, good or bad. Times got tough, but it really makes you learn the importance of preserving. I am happy with my choice for this trip, and I hope that if you ever think about going to Spain, this will be at the top of your list.