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
Best sight: Eiffel Tower, Paris
Best sunset: Ibiza
Best brewery: Heineken, Amsterdam
Best sangria: Barcelona and Granada
Nicest people: Dublin
Best view: Dublin and Barcelona
Best pizza: Venice
Best hostel: Paris
Most romantic: Paris and Venice
Best food: Prague
Best club: Razmatazz, Barcelona
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!
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 :)
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… ;)