In one short week, I will be leaving the United States for the second (if a weekend trip to Victoria, Canada counts) time in my life. A good friend from high school, Riley, and I will be spending the semester studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain with ISA. Before we arrive in Madrid for orientation, we are taking advantage of being in Europe and are going to be doing some traveling in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
I know that this whole experience will be amazing, terrifying, eye-opening, funny, sad, and many other things. I also know that being in a completely new and entirely different country will be a challenge for me, but the benefits of the experience will more than make up for it. There is a quote from Clifton Fadiman (an author and radio/television personality in the 30’s-50’s) that explains, “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” Hopefully, although I may not always be comfortable, I will have (on the whole) a fantastic experiences and be awstruck by the things I see.
Please journey with me – view the trip and experience through my eyes, and join in the amazement, awkward moments and joy that will accompany this semester.