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EL FIN

This my last post for this blog.

It has been about a week and a half since I have returned home. It has been a smoothie of mixed emotions. Of course, I’m thrilled to see familiar places and faces and being in a country where pretty much everyone speaks and understands English doesn’t hurt either. However, there are many things about Spain (and being abroad in general) that I miss. In fact, way too many things to mention.

Adjusting to live back in the US has been a process even though I was only gone for 5 months. Just in these two weeks, I started working, scheduled an interview for a possible internship, visited my extended family in South Carolina, unpacked most of my things, and spent some time with my best friend. Although all these things were great but they have prevented me from truly getting back in to the swing of things. In order for things to go smoothly next year (my SENIOR YEAR) with my full 18 semester hour course load and my new apartment, I need to be in the swing of things.

Anyway, enough about all that.

My study abroad adventure was one chapter of my life that I am sad to close. I hope to impart all the knowledge that I gained on my journey to others. Thanks guys, it’s been great!!!

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Study Abroad

LONDON

I have been back from England for a while and I’m preparing to return to the US. I am very excited but sad to say that I return to North Carolina in 8 days. It doesn’t feel like I have lived and gone to school in different country for five months. In many ways, I feel like I just arrived.  Anyway, I said what I felt about my study abroad adventure and don’t want to bore you with more trite reflections and cliches about study abroad. I would rather share some pictures from London.

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I Have Returned (but only for 4 more weeks)!!!

So I know its been a long time since I have made a post and I apologize for that. My neglect for my blog is due to that fact the MOST MARVELOUS/HECTIC/STRESSFUL weeks of my life. 

From Semana Santa trips with my friend Nicole to Germany and Switzerland and with my mom to France, I have many fond memories and awesome experiences. I saw so many places that I can hardly remember them now. Going from all that to coming back to Toledo  and becoming readjusted to living here was a bit difficult especially because I had a nice pile of classwork/presentations to welcome me back. With all of that said, it has been nice to be in a place that has been more familiar to me. Although I have been here for about 4 months, I still don’t feel that I can call Toledo home. I have become more familiar with the Spanish language and Spanish culture but that doesn’t mean that I feel completely comfortable with either. I still find it nerve-racking to speak with native Spanish speakers in Spanish and there are still things about Spanish culture that annoy me. As I come closer and closer to the end of my trip, I am realizing that going through the whole transformative experience of studying abroad actually takes a little bit a work; it just doesn’t happen to you (in my opinion). You have to be willing to open yourself up to doing new things, accepting certain situations, and being able to adapt; all of which can be very difficult. I know that I have changed from when I first arrived to Spain but only in the way that I am more aware of myself. I know what I like and don’t like, what I can and can’t handle, and what I want and don’t want. I think that a person can only truly get a sense of these things if they are put in a situation completely different from anything they have experienced before and studying abroad is one of the many opportunities to do just that. Whatever I may feel about Spain or my time here and however much I might complain, I am still incredibly grateful that I got to take advantage of this opportunity. 

As of today, I only have 24 more days left until I go home and one last trip to London planned. I will keep you posted up until the end, May 28th.  Until next time :)

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Some Amazing Ladies

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These ladies made the last two weeks some of the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. I have seen so much with them and can’t thank them enough for my amazing trips.

The first person is my friend Nicole Schachter who is currently studying abroad in Konstanz, Germany. Nicole took me on awesome tours of Zurich, Switzerland and Munich, Germany. She also showed her university in Konstanz; it was really cool to see how another university functions in a different country. I am so grateful that she not only let me come to visit her but  also planned our entire trip and made sure that I had a wonderful time.  

The second person is my mom, Veronica Richardson. She and I went to Paris together. As I mentioned before, I really wanted to go to France but had no one to go with. My mom volunteered to come with me, booked a hotel in a nice part of Paris, and went to all the places that I wanted to go in Paris. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. 

Thank you both a million times over and see you soon :)

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