If you know me, you know that I am someone who has never been anywhere, but who wants to go everywhere. The pictures already up on this blog are from the two places I have been farthest from home (also the only times I have been on airplane): Washington, DC and Seattle, Washington. I fell in love with both cities and hope to go back to visit both sooner rather than later. Outside of these two experiences, I have not traveled anywhere other than to see family, which has kept me in the southern United States. While I love where I live (even though it is too hot), I cannot wait to see more of the world. Now, I don’t want to sound like the “basic” college student with world maps plastered on her walls and “wanderlust” tattooed on her ribs, but the sentiment is there. Ever since I was little, I have been fascinated with people who come from different places, backgrounds, and experiences than me. I am studying International Relations in school because I want to learn how to help people from different places work together. One of the reasons I picked my college was because of its focus on international education and studying abroad. Before my freshman year started, I got a job in the office on campus which helps students study abroad, and working there was one of my favorite parts of my first year of school. And so, that is how I ended up in the situation where my first time out of the country will be for three and a half months. Studying abroad has always been a part of my plan, and now I am lucky enough to say that I am actually going. My tickets to Spain are bought, and soon my bags will be packed. I am a little nervous to be without my family in a completely new continent for over three months, but I also could not be more excited. And I don’t want to forget anything about this amazing opportunity, which I why I am going to try to document as much of it as possible here. I also hope it will help my friends and family stay connected to me, so no one forgets me while I’m gone!
This semester abroad in Spain is a wonderful opportunity which many scholarships and generous family members are making happen, and I absolutely could not be more grateful. I know how blessed I am to be able to do this, and I promise to cherish every second of it, the fun and the challenging moments. I have a feeling that this blog will end up being a mix of me gushing about beautiful places and sharing awkward moments that happened because of my imperfect Spanish. I’m sure that this semester will not only improve my Spanish skills, but teach me a lot about flexibility, international travel, and how to handle myself in unfamiliar places.
I know that this will be the first of many, many travels for me, as I hope to have a career that takes me everywhere. However, I also know that the money for vacationing abroad isn’t going to miraculously fall out of the sky when I get back, and so it might be a little while before I get an opportunity like this again. So, when I am not travelling, I might use this blog to write some lifestyle/opinion/Catholic/whatever pieces as well. If you’re interested in that, stay tuned 🙂
If you hope to travel and/or study abroad, and want to learn from someone else’s experiences/mistakes, then this is the place for you! Hopefully this will make someone feel more at ease before going on their own trip. My third time flying somewhere will be by myself, across the Atlantic, to a place where I only mostly speak the language, and I won’t be back for three and a half months. If I wasn’t so excited, I might be a little scared! If you think you want to study abroad but are unsure, I hope this can be a “if she can do it, I can” kind of deal. I also want this blog to keep me accountable for sharing and recording all the new things I experience and learn the rest of this year, and I hope you can get some enjoyment out of it too. As of right now, we are just about two months out from departure, and (as you can probably tell) I am already super pumped. I will hopefully write about some packing and pre-departure things soon, so check back often! Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog! I really hope you like it 🙂
Disclaimer: Despite my borrowing of Joyce Carol Oates’s title, this blog will not contain any unsettling short stories about teenage girls being abducted/killed by people who are actually the devil. Sorry to disappoint.