Monday, June 20, 2011

And so it comes to an end...

So I have finally made it back to Colorado, 9 1/2 months later.  Therefore, this will be my last blog post for awhile at least. This past week has kind of been a blur or despedida dinners and goodbyes.
Somehow I managed to get all of my stuff into only 3 bags (1 checked bag, 1 carry on bag and my laptop bag).  Amazingly my checked bag was 100 pounds lighter than my bags on the way home.  I am very proud of myself.  
It is still kind of surreal.  I don't completely feel like I'm home, but I know that I'm not going to back to Spain.  I'm kind of in a limbo position.  The only time I've been sad so far was on the plane from Madrid to Philly when I realized that this amazing chapter of my life was closed.  I am really glad that this chapter was able to close without any regrets except that I never met Antonio Banderas.  Of course there are more places that I wish I had traveled/gotten over the fear of traveling by myself, but I wouldn't consider that a regret. I had such a great time in Murcia this past year and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

¡Besos para siempre! 

Monday, June 13, 2011


This past week has been an interesting one to say the least.  On Tuesday Annalisa and I had our despedida dinner, although neither of us are leaving until this weekend.  

We went out for tapas at Madre de Dios and then to Badulake for one last crazy Tuesday, and let me assure you all that it was crazy.  And then on Wednesday we had a picnic. Which was actually held inside because it was supposed to rain.  I made stuffed mushrooms.  And then after that I went to dance and later my flamenco class and I went out for dinner after class.  We figured last week would be a better time to do a dinner since last Thursday was some holiday or other.  On Thursday I studied for my exam and then Friday I took my 20th Century Spanish poetry exam.  He started it off by saying that he fully intended upon passing everyone, and that he did.  I got an 8.  Friday night I went over to my family's house.  I actually babysat the girls and stayed the night. The next morning Javi made churros, btw homemade churros are way better than any store bought ones, and then we went to the beach.  We spent all day at their beach house with another family (the girls' science teacher, from England, her husband, and their three kids who are all the same age as the girls).  
 You can't really tell, but we're having a seaweed war (best quote to come out of the day..."I hope you guys aren't fighting." "No Mom, we aren't fighting, it's a war.")
Yesterday, I took Bre to the airport to help her negotiate all her luggage and then I came home and spent the rest of the day recuperating from the beach.  I spent today working on my linguistic commentary, which is a lot more time-consuming than it should be, and I went to flamenco.  For some reason I feel absolutely dead today and so on my way home from flamenco tonight I was being 'guapaed' and I snapped.  Like I literally started bitching these guys out on the street.  Oops.  You know it's time to come home when...

¡Hasta la semana que viene!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Study week 2

Well...I have officially passed 4 out of my 6 classes and only have 2 more finals left.  On Friday I had my first final, with was actually the second half of the test that we took in April for my stories class.  She has already posted the grade and I got a 7.1 which gives me a 7.7/10 for the year, which in American grading terms is about a B (no, it doesn't match up).  Today I survived my final on the history of the Spanish language.  It was actually a lot easier that I had anticipated.  I was expecting really detail-oriented questions, and a lot of them, but it was only 5 questions with a total of 7 points.  I think I passed, but I'm not sure I got much higher than a 5 (which is what you need to pass here).  Yesterday we all got together to take a group picture of our Murcian family.
My Erasmus family 
My American family
  And for the big wow-finish...
 Yes, I did dye my hair red again, I was bored and it was in front of me in the grocery store. 
And thus was my week.  I did not do anything particularly fun this week aside from study, watch Project Runway and NCIS, and do some work for my summer internships.  I have one exam, one linguistic commentary, and 11 days left until I return to the beautiful Rockies!!!

¡Hasta la semana que viene!