"WHOAAAA! WE'RE HALFWAY THERE. WHOAAAA! LIVING ON A PRAYER!" Bon Jovi was definitely onto something with his song, but when it comes to Spain, I'm definitely not living on a prayer. I'm living the DREAM.
Instead of trying to pick one particular event to focus on, I've decided to make a list of my top 5 fool proof lessons for studying abroad.
5. Don't be afraid to take a risk. Granted, accepting the challenge of coming to another country is a risk in and of itself, but take another one. And another. Whether it's planning and taking a trip on your own, or even trying a new and unusual food- taking a risk is scary, but also so worth it.
4. Let your guard down and meet new people. Whether it's the people in the program, your host family or a new friend from a convenience store, meeting new people is part of the experience. And also, while it's fascinating to talk about beautiful architecture and history, people make better stories (and pictures!)
3. Take time to let it all soak in. It's a whirlwind and if you don't stop to appreciate it, it'll be gone before you know it. Even if you do take time to take it all in, it'll still fly by!
2. NO PASA NADA. Take a lesson out of the Spanish book and learn the phrase. You're a little late to dinner? No pasa nada. You miss the bus? No pasa nada. You trip on a daily basis and embarrass yourself? No pasa nada. This doesn't mean that life is a joke and to blow it all off, but simply that life is too short to sweat the small stuff.
1. Have fun! Studying Abroad is about new experiences, expanding horizons and growing up, but it's also a time to have fun. Go ahead, chase those pigeons, laugh at nothing, act like a kid again!
I can't even begin to accept the fact that we've passed the halfway mark and that our days in Spain are numbered. I knew that the time would fly by, but I never could have imagined that it would go this fast. Why can't my semesters at home pass this quickly!? Even still, more than 2 months later, I'm still finding it hard to believe that I'm here. Something that has always seemed like a distant future has become my reality. I'm in love with Spain and this is one dream I'm not ready to wake up from.