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Thursday, January 2, 2014

This Chapter Is Over But The Story Has Just Begun

by Robert House

Chucky C Ynabel and Brooke’s “Surprised” Looks
The moment we walked through the doors of the restaurant for our farewell dinner is when I realized that this part of my trip was coming to an end. Surely the four months hadn't passed that fast, had they? Indeed they had, and the dinner was the last time this year we would all be together. In our usual fashion, we made the most of our night by enjoying every single moment together, laughing, joking, and telling stories! The food was great and the desert was even better! Making the effort to be able to study abroad able was by far the best decision I have made in my life. 

Fall 2013 GSE Barcelona Crew One Last Time
As I've said in my previous blogs, these eleven people turned from complete strangers, just four months ago, to not only my best friends but my family. We've lived together, ate together, traveled together, confided in one another, stood up for one another, and so much more, together! We've become so close that we don't even call each other by our regular names like Lumpy Lepantos, Marina MobHouse, The Girls Place, Chuck, Sunni, Pudgy, just to name a few, and their many renditions. We've also become so close that one morning my radio alarm went off to "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye" and I immediately had to turn it off! I simply just didn't want it to be over. Through all of our ups and downs, we created a special bond that only seems to get stronger as we part ways. Although I am deeply saddened by the end of our stay together, I am comforted in the fact that this will not be the last time we see each other. This experience has taught me so much and I have grown so so very much as a person. 

One of Bob’s Famous Nacho Nights At The Girls Place

This experience has given me things that I couldn't have learned or received anywhere else and can never be taken away. Most importantly, it has given me a better developed mindset: a mindset that realizes there are wonderful people in the world; that everyone has something to offer; that nothing is impossible; that you can't be too quick to judge or label people because often times they surprise you; that reinforced my positive outlook on life; that will able me to live life to its fullest potential! 

The Jet-Lagged Trio Takes on La Merce Parade

So yes, I was very sad at first that we were all leaving, but now, not as much because of all the things this experience has given and taught me. If you yourself are contemplating about studying abroad, my only advice is to do it! Don't hesitate any longer! It will be one of the best decisions you will ever make. I think everyone who is able should study or travel abroad at some point. It gives you a much wider, more open outlook of the world, of life. 

A Gypsy Pants and Alhambra Kind Of Day!

There’ll never be another GSE Fall 2013 Barcelona crew and I will miss you all. However, this is not a “goodbye” but a “see you later” because I will be seeing you all in the near future. These blogs have served as snapshots of our many experiences and I am truly honored to have written them for you. 

Much love!
Hasta Proxima!
Roberto Casa
Fall 2013