|Back home in La Jolla,|
California for my first sunset with the family
I am finally home! The journey was quite long but arriving with my sisters holding a sign and cheering for me was, well, a bit cheesy, but the best feeling ever! The whole last week I felt as if I was just watching my life from outside... like a dream. It was so surreal knowing that everything was “my last”. I know that I will be returning to Spain sometime, so it doesn’t phase me too much. What was strange to me was realizing how close I was to my classmates. We all had this unbelievable experience that is going to be impossible to explain to our friends in the sates. It’s like we are the only ones who actually will be able to understand each other’s growth.
|My 2 best friends in our last walk through the park|
Finals were a lot easier for me than I thought they would be, which was quite relieving. After I finished finals we had to start preparing to leave in 3 days. I spent my first free day going to our favorite cafe, Milk, with my roommates, and then to the world photo exhibit that was displayed at a nearby museum. That night we all brainstormed how to use up all our food in the kitchen to create this … interesting… lentil rice cake. I don’t recommend it.
|Eric and Christina with the crew at|
our good-bye dinner
I am not the best with good byes. I kinda feel like there is no point in being too emotional about them, because they are going to happen no matter what. It was so touching though to see how many people really cared about meeting me and I realized how odd it is that we all could become this close and easily never see each other again. Only fate will decide. I became the closest with my roommates and I was so happy I had one last night with them after this dinner. Although, I must say our onsite GSE staff, Inma and Patricia will stick with me forever. They were so impressive the entire time with all our travels and felt like my family. I am pretty sure they’ll still be there when I come back to Spain, which is happening!
|Our Barcelona onsite director Inma Lopez with lovely Karen saying good bye|
Our last night out was just as epic as usual! We went to this underground DJ show at Macerena with this intimate dance floor that holds maybe 30 people. We danced all night and walked home through the city as the sun rose. I looked at the pink fluffy European clouds and just smiled. I have truly had the best year of my life. Now, I get to go home and celebrate Christmas and New Years! What a life!
Muchas gracias amigos,
GSE Fall 2011 - Barcelona, Spain
Autonomous University of Barcelona