¡Hola amigos y amigas! Espero que pase bien la vacación.
Translation: Hi guys and girls! I hope that you are enjoying vacation. That was pretty Euro of me, right? Sure.
Expect to see a lot more spanish on here in the coming months, as Caroline and I are headed to Sevilla, Spain for the spring semester. We both chose Sevilla without telling one another, which is C-R-A-Y, amiright? So we’re basically going to spend the next 4 and a half months drinking wine, eating queso y jamón, and enjoying ciesta. Oh, and we’ll do a little homework and take a couple exams, no biggy. Can’t you just see it now? It’s going to be fabulous.
It hasn’t really hit me yet that I’m going to spend the next 4 and a half months in a city that I’ve never visited with people who I
barely don’t know. Granted, Caroline and another one of my best friends will be in Sevilla as well, but I am not attending the same university as them. This is nerve-wracking but also so exciting; new friends, yay! Sorry Drake, there will be new friends in 2014. I will be attending Universidad Pablo de Olavide and am hoping to take a couple of business classes and a few fun classes (can anyone say FLAMENCO!?) JKlol I tried to sign up for Flamenco but it won’t count for any academic credit at my home university so that’s out. Boo, American academics and the man.
I am doing a home stay with I don’t know who–I have yet to receive any housing information! Here’s hoping that my host family likes me and cooking. I don’t know which is more important to me. TBD.
Speaking of cooking, I’m embarrassingly nervous about the lack of vegetables in Spain. The Spaniards are big on meat, which is fine if you’re a Spaniard, but not ideal if you’re me, who doesn’t eat much meat and thrives on vegetables. Throw me a plate of brussel sprouts and I’m set. Alas, I will adapt. And search for vegetables in my free time.
I have read that it’s helpful to make a bucket list prior to going abroad so that you have certain goals in mind. I’m a goal-oriented person, so this is good for me. Here’s a snapshot of my list:
I will be visiting a few of my best friends who are studying in London, Paris, and Venice, so I am excited for them to show me around! And feed me. Mhmmmm. Prague and Switzerland seem pretty tight so I’m going to try to hit both of them. My aunt, uncle, and cousins live in Berlin (and I’m 1/4 German) so you know I’m all over that! Portugal and Morocco are super close to Sevilla and are both suposedly awesome; I mean, Portugal is Portugal and Morocco has camels so I’m set with those two. My parents will be in Greece in February and we’re going to meet there instead of having them visit me in Sevilla. Hellooooo, free hotel! Well, free for me. I’m 1/4 Irish, so I’d like to get back to the homeland and eat some bangers and mash. I’m not going to delve too deep into the things I’d like to do; I’ll update you all on them as our trip progresses!
In terms of what I’m packing, I’m going to bring as many Euro items as I can. Whenever I shop nowadays (which isn’t often since sista needs to save for her big trip), I’m always thinking about what’s “Euro.” If it looks super American, I don’t want it. As you can imagine, I’ve been buying a lot of basics for layering and simplicity. I got these for Christmas, which I’ve been dreaming about for months (no joke). How cool are they!? Those sassy Europeans are sure to approve of me now.
It has not really hit me yet that I’m going to fly to another continent and stay there for the next four and a half months. I think I’ll realize what’s going on when I separate from my parents at JFK. There will probably be tears of both joy and fear. But mostly the former; I’m no sissy girl. But at this point, I’m just trying to get my life in order, i.e. cell phones, banks $$$, insurance, and academics. The real fun begins on January 19th.
And honestly, how good is this blog going to be when we’re both abroad? Here’s a suggestion: go get yourself a nice cup of hot chocolate, think about how sweet Bean and Nash is going to be, and smile. ¡Aquí vamos!