Hi, everyone! Saludos from Barcelona, Spain! That’s right…I’m still here, I have two more months until I finish my semester abroad and I can say without a doubt that this has been THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!
Now put yourself in my shoes. You live these incredible adventures and meet so many new people. They become so special to you even though you’ve told yourself so many times to remain detached.
Because in the end, this experience abroad is just a bubble, which, after a while, will burst and all of a sudden, you will have to go back to your ‘normal’ life. What would you do? How would you manage?
Barcelona feels like home to me now and the friends I made here and with whom I now share so many stories feel like my little family. I love Worcester and a part of me is excited to go home, but Barcelona is my special place and I don’t want to leave.
Which is why I came up with a plan (as always!): BRING BARCELONA TO WORCESTER…kind of.
- Continue to learn how to dance salsa – One of my favorite activities here in Barcelona is going to salsa classes.Meeting up with people who love to dance, practicing the steps and choreography with a partner and just enjoying the latino music have become the highlights of my Tuesday nights.Fortunately, I can do that in Worcester too!
- Don’t be afraid of economics anymore – After my first year at university and my first economics class, I knew I wasn’t cut for the job. I would always find myself not having the patience to study or giving up after 15 minutes.You can imagine my reaction when I found out that I would have to take 2 classes of economics at UAB…yes, bad news, but I had to try to make the best of it. AND I DID! How does the saying go…What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?I had my midterm exams last week and I didn’t do as bad as I thought I would (Yeeeeey!!).
- Keep in touch – The time spent here helped me get to know two other girls from the University of Worcester and I am sure we’ll continue to do things together in Worcester too.But it’s not just them I got close to. I can now say I have friends from all over the world and I don’t want the end of the Erasmus experience to be the end of our friendships as well.
- Travel more – Zaragoza, Valencia, Madrid, Sant Cugat, Sabadell are all places I’ve been to while in exchange. Thinking about it, I realized that I haven’t traveled as much around England as I have in Spain…and I’ve lived there longer.Therefore, one of my new ‘tasks’ for when I’m back is to explore more of England and its surroundings.
- Be more spontaneous – Before coming to Barcelona, I was not a person to do impulsive, crazy things. I would always have a plan, regardless of the situation and while that saved me from losing a train or getting lost in a new city, I came to realize that not knowing is also fun.So what my only bus to get back home from a festival is at 7 in the morning? It feels good to be carefree once in a while!
But enough with the thinking ahead. Like I said before, I still have two months in beautiful, hot Barcelona (current temperature 25°C). Try not to be too jealous…Adios!