Im sad to say my study abroad experience has come to and end. I am so thankful for this opportunity that I have had and will never forget all the amazing people, and places that I have encountered and things I have learned. I feel as though I have become more mature and independent, as well as gained a greater appreciation for cultures and just being able to slow down and appreciate life. The people I have met, places I have seen, and adventures I have been on have surpassed my expectations and I wouldn’t change my time here for the world. That being said, I am all packed and ready to go, ready to be reunited with my family and friends in the U.S. and ready to return to the peaceful low-key life that awaits me.
But before I go and say goodbye I have a few random tips and things that I have learned and want to share with those who may study abroad (especially in spain) in the future.
– Take pictures. Its definitely more about quality then quantity because your not gonna care about a blurry picture of a random cathedral door looking back
– Plan your last meals before you go properly. Stock up on breakfast food and really good salads, both of which no one seems to know how to do here.
– Be prepared to sleep just about anywhere. Airports, airplanes, buses, bus stations… Unfortunately with so much traveling and crazy layovers its inevitable. Metal benches will become your friends.
– Be adventurous when it comes to trying new local foods. Unless the food is morcilla, in which case you might want to know what it is before you think about eating it.
– Be careful when you say you eat fish. Eating fish here means you get the whole fish; scales, bones, head, everything! Ive eaten enough fish bones this semester for a life time.
– Bread will become the bases of your diet.Tostada for breakfast, loaf of bread on the side for lunch, and too many bocadillos (sandwiches).
– Going out at 1 am is pretty normal, and thats early. Don’t expect to see any spaniards out and about until about 3 am.
– Get lost.
– regarding the previous make sure its day time and you have a phone, snacks, and some money with you. I don’t mean actually get lost but really explore and get to know your city, chances are you’ll walk to same two streets everyday and will never get a change to appreciate the whole city
– Siesta again and write it off as a cultural experience
All Im trying to say here is really take advantage of your study abroad experience, You don’t want to be left regretting not going out and doing more, or eating more, or shopping more! make the most of your time abroad!
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett
If you’re thinking wether or not to study abroad, go for it! You won’t regret it!