I’ve reached the second-half of my trip, and things are slowly coming to an end. I only have five days left. In a sense, I feel slightly depressed yet at the same time, I know new adventures await when I return home.
I have learned so much during this experience, and I think my perspective on who I am and what I want have been altered. I’ve come to realize that there’s a lot more to life than mundane routines; all you have to do is muster up the courage to pursue the dreams you’ve never thought possible. Look beyond the horizon.
I am so grateful that during my experience on this program I’ve been given the opportunity to build bonds and relationships with complete strangers. Traveling to Europe alone forced me out of my comfort zone, and I think that’s one of the biggest stepping stones in life. Everyone on this program is so unique. I’ve learned that you can never judge a book by its cover because everyone has a story to tell. Three weeks ago, I didn’t know a single soul in Europe, but now I’ve made a home out of these 40 strangers. I’m inspired.
Staying up until odd hours just so I can talk to people back home. I’ll sleep when I’m dead in order to get the best of both worlds.
You know that I could use somebody, you know that I could use somebody, someone like you.
After an 8-hour bus ride, I’ve finally made it to Madrid! The beautiful cities just never end in Europe. I wouldn’t mind living like this forever, constantly on the go.
I’ve been super busy these past few days. I wish I had more time to write about my adventures, but I guess I’d rather spend more time enjoying my experience rather than recording them. But I’ve been traveling a lot during the past few days. I left for Ibiza on Thursday, came back to Barcelona on Sunday, and then left to Girona on the same day. Tomorrow I’m leaving to Madrid, and this weekend I’ll be in Portugal. This constant change in scenery is refreshing. I went from party island, to tourist central, to small town. I am so in love with Girona!
I’ll update more later, because right now I need to work on my midterm. In the meantime, look at this picture of my friends and I getting photobombed by a dolphin while on a boat party in Ibiza!
Cheers to my last night in Barcelona. Once again, feeling that all too familiar melancholy for reasons beyond my control. My roommate just left to catch her flight to Milan, Italy which means I have the room to myself for the night. Despite only getting 3 hours of sleep a night, I feel relatively awake and energized right now. Maybe I’ll just continue to sit on my window ledge, staring down below me as the sun starts to rise. Everyone is smoking next door, but I kind of want to be alone tonight. Sweet, sweet solitude. Oh how I’ve missed you.
My flight to Ibiza leaves at 8pm tomorrow. I have to spend the day packing up my belongings to embark in a new adventure. I’ll also be seeing Calvin Harris, A&B, and Arty tomorrow night as soon as I land in Ibiza. Tonight was merely the precursor.
A guy in my program said something interesting to me today. He said, “You are probably the most mature person in this program. You seem like you’ve ‘been there, done that’ and you know exactly what you want now.” I was kind of surprised to hear that, but after contemplating on it for a bit, I can’t say I disagree. Everyone here is so down to party all the time. And, don’t get me wrong! I love good company and good vibes, but I feel like I don’t need that stuff anymore. I think I just merely outgrew my short partying phase, and now I’m addicted to learning new things, and exploring life for its many different aspects.
I really don’t know where I’m going with this. It’s late, I’m tired. But these late night thoughts are all consuming. Maybe what I’m trying to get at is maybe, just maybe, I’m a little homesick.
Being half way across the world has given me a new appreciation for what lays at home. I am not homesick, but I’ve come to realize that sometimes people take things for granted if it’s constantly there. This is a nice reminder that nothing in this world is guaranteed tomorrow. I am appreciative of what I had yesterday, hopeful of what may come tomorrow, but I live solely for the blessings of today. I am so thankful for my many opportunities, and I only hope that some day I will be able to give back to the community what the world has given me.
I haven’t been able to keep up-to-date with my posts, but I finally have some downtime right now. The past few days have been absolutely amazing. So many adventures, so little time. Today takes the cake so far. A few friends and I went kayaking off of the Mediterranean coast. We woke up early and a bus picked us up from our hotel, and we drove about an hour and a half north outside of Barcelona to a local beach. From there, we got into the kayaks and went deep-sea kayaking. At our first stop, we all cliff jumped from the boulders. It was incredible! After that, we kayaked further out into a beautiful marine reserve (as shown above). I saw an octopus! The water was extremely salty. Then we went into this water cave type thing which was really cool. But yeah! I wish I had more pictures but it was so hard considering I couldn’t bring my phone out there for obvious reasons.
P.S. - I always write these, but end up posting them late because I never have time to finish my blog. I was supposed to go to an Ice bar tonight, but I have a fever so I decided to finally stay in for a night. Maybe I’ll try to get some work done.