So I’m sitting here in my little closet room that I always write, Skype, and procrastinate in, and I’m typing up this final post with 2 big suitcases next to me, each stuffed to the brim. Somehow, I managed to squeeze everything back into these two suitcases, so I’m pretty proud of that. I’m enjoying the last of this 2 Euro wine and Mercadona chocolate ice cream and am no longer having those mixed feelings about going home that I’ve been having for the past two weeks. Now, I just don’t want to leave.
How am I supposed to leave this beautiful place of perfect weather, insane architecture, and new adventures to be had every day? In a matter of minutes I can be standing on a mountain or at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. I finally understand what IES meant when they said it would be difficult to go home. I’m sure it won’t be shockingly difficult, just different. My life will pretty much go back to the way it was four months ago, but so much has changed in these four months. Luckily, I have a lot to look forward to, so it will make being home that much easier. I’m excited to have a few days in Boston with my family, show David around Boston, and then be back in Chicago with all of my wonderful friends (and aunt, uncle, and goddaughter).
If you had asked me last week, or even earlier this week, if I was ready to go home, I definitely would’ve said yes. But now that I’m actually leaving tomorrow morning, I just don’t want to. I was really surprised by how much I loved Barcelona, considering my first pick for study abroad was Rome. I still love Rome, but Barcelona has definitely taken a place in my heart. It was easier to leave Chicago and Boston, because I knew when I would be returning. Now I’m leaving a new home, and have no idea when/if I will be able to return. These past four months have been truly amazing in so many ways, and hopefully any changes in me (thanks for making me think I’m going to go home totally different, IES) have been positive. As for now, I’ll see you tomorrow, America. Y muchas muchas gracias por un semestre increíble, Barcelona.
*Special thanks to my parents for this time abroad. I am so lucky (and so grateful) to have parents who were so supportive and encouraging about this opportunity!