This week has a lot of significance for me.
Monday the 20th was a year since I graduated college, Tuesday the 21st was a year since I found out I had been accepted to come to Spain, and today is a month until I go home.
I have learned so much in this last year, more than I think I have learned in my whole life combined–at least some days it feels that way!
It is hard for me to put into words the things I have learned, because so many of them are feelings. I love Spain–I think it is the most beautiful place on earth, with a wonderful culture and a warm, welcoming people. I know that my life will always be intertwined with Spain; either wishing I could return or planning my next trip back, or maybe even living here.
With anything that a person does, this year has taught me how truly powerful I am, and how I can do whatever i want to do, as long I put forth the necessary effort and willpower.
Although not all of my days have been happy, and there have been some where all I’m capable of doing is eating Nutella out of the jar and watching movies, most of my days have joyful and comforting. I have enjoyed myself and all that Spain has to offer–and i’m certainly not done yet.
I have also realized all the things people take for granted in the U.S., some of which are things I miss dearly: driving a car instead of having to walk everywhere, clean, dry clothes in two hours instead of two days and with the use of a drying rack, the easy availability of (finding out about) new music instead of having to keep track of when new albums come out…the list goes on and on. Not to mention 4G!
I have seen and experienced more than I had ever hoped I would in this year, and I will be grateful for the rest of my life. The decision I made to live abroad was the best thing I have ever done, and has inspired in me a desire to be a traveler forever–because realistically you could spend the rest of your life traveling and still not see and experience everything that this world has to offer.
Although not a day will go by that I won’t miss Spain, I am excited to return home. There is a level of comfort that you take for granted when you are in your home country that I am missing.
And so the final countdown begins.