Back home and missing Barca like crazy

Okay, so I’ve been home for a month now. This is quite a delayed last blog post but I’ve been a little busy at home. I barely slept on the plane ride back, partly due to feeling sick and hungover and partly because I was so excited to get home and see my family! My friends Alexa, Carlos and Matt were all on my flight so it was nice to get up and talk to them a bit to pass the time. When we landed, I couldn’t believe I was home. I felt so relieved. It hadn’t hit me yet that I was leaving the place I learned to call my second home and I wasn’t sure when I would be returning.

Well, now, after a month, I miss it like crazy. More than the city itself, I miss the friends I met there and the experiences we shared in Barcelona and traveling around Europe. A lot of my international friends I met are studying there for a whole year and they just got back to the city a few days ago to start their spring semester. I’m so jealous! I say this now, but looking back my whole study abroad experience was a roller coaster of emotions. Exactly what my program told us it would be. Everyone has a different experience, and it seemed like some of my friends never had culture shock or got homesick, but I certainly did. I had really low times but then I had really great times. All in all, I am so happy I decided to go through with studying abroad and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the city I chose and all the friends I made.

Here is a list of things I will miss most and things I definitely won’t ever miss:

What I’ll miss: laughing at people sprinting to catch the metro

What I won’t miss: sprinting and missing the metro.

What I’ll miss: Blanca

What I won’t miss: my itty-bitty room

What I’ll miss: my friends!

What I won’t miss: pickpockets

What I’ll miss: Spanish champagne (cava)

What I won’t miss: Spanish food (sorry, wasn’t very impressed)

What I’ll miss: partying till 6am

What I won’t miss: Ryan Air flights departing at 6am

What I’ll miss: the slow, relaxed lifestyle

What I won’t miss: slow bartenders

What I’ll miss: learning and speaking Spanish

What I won’t miss: feeling clueless talking to a Spanish person

What I’ll miss: the weather

What I won’t miss: hang drying all my clothes

What I’ll miss: all the walking

What I won’t miss: all the walking

What I’ll miss: Euro beers

What I won’t miss: the Euro

Now that I’ve had the time to reflect on all my travels and experiences in Europe, I also have some awards.

Best kebab: Granada

yummy kebab in Granada

yummy kebab in Granada

Best sight: Eiffel Tower, Paris

La torre Eiffel

Best sunset: Ibiza

beautiful sunset

beautiful sunset

Best brewery: Heineken, Amsterdam

Alexa and I at the Heineken factory

Alexa and I at the Heineken factory

Best sangria: Barcelona and Granada

Meridan and Alexa with Sangria

Meridan and Alexa with Sangria

Nicest people: Dublin

some friends we met in Dublin

some friends we met in Dublin

Best view: Dublin and Barcelona

Howth cliffs in Ireland

Howth cliffs in Ireland

Best pizza: Venice

mmmm..

mmmm..

Best hostel: Paris

cutest and cleanest hostel

cutest and cleanest hostel

Most romantic: Paris and Venice

Pucker up in Paris!

Pucker up in Paris!

Best food: Prague

looks like slop but it was damn good!

looks like slop but it was damn good!

Best club: Razmatazz, Barcelona

always crazy razzzz

always crazy razzzz

I absolutely loved all of the cities I visited! But, I do have one suggestion for traveling Europe. GO IN THE SUMMER. The cold weather was brutal to tour cities in. It’s difficult to enjoy all of the sights when you walk around if you’re too busy focusing on how freakin cold your face is. I’m sure it would have been better if I was more prepared with a winter coat, hat and gloves, but I wasn’t. And I hate the cold anyways. So, unless you’re looking to ski, I suggest going to Europe in the warmer months. I know that’s what I’m planning to do for my next trip back! I’m hoping to go back this August or September and travel some new cities with some friends :)

I want to take a moment to thank my good friends that I met in Barcelona. You guys are what got me through my worst times. You are the reason why I didn’t go home. Thanks for listening to me complain and showing me the brighter side. I’ll never forget the times I had with you all because they were some of the best days and nights of my life!

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my awesome friends

Also, a HUGE shout out to my parents. Without you, studying abroad would not have been possible. You guys trusted me enough to fly overseas and have a life changing experience. Thank you so much for supporting me the whole way and coming to visit! Love you both so much :)

my mama

my mama

my daddy

my daddy

And to Barcelona…well, I’ll never forget you, you son of a bitch. You chewed me up and spit me out. Plus, you still have my iPhone somewhere. Don’t think I forgot that! Eh, I guess you’re alright. I mean, I drank from that fountain so I guess I have to come back some day… ;)