February 5, 2016
Last night CIEE, the program I am with in Spain, had a meet and greet at El Mercado with Spanish and English speaking people (Intercambio). There were about 8 Americans to every 1 Sevillan, but I managed to have a conversation with two students from the University of Seville. I tend to get nervous when I speak in Spanish and forget words and what not. I definitely need to practice speaking more or else I’m never going to get better at the language. The Spaniards here enjoy helping us with our Spanish. They are patient and understanding. It still amazes me how nice and genuine people are in Seville. I am excited to start meeting more Spaniards and diving into the culture.
Tomorrow will mark my first month spent in Seville, Spain. It’s incredible how fast the time as flown by. I never want to leave! I have so much more to learn and so many places to explore. I think I need to make a bucket list so I don’t forget to do things that I really want to do!
Today was a difficult day for me. I’ve had a lot on my mind lately and sometimes I can’t shake it off as easily as I usually do. I think about my sister, Ashbey, everyday and it can be extremely hard. She is an amazing person who has been dealt a very difficult hand. I know she is strong enough to push through these hard times and her strength gives me strength. Ashbey has made me a better, more committed, driven, and compassionate person and I will always admire the person she is. She is a constant reminder that everyone is more than their mistakes.
“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything”
I also wanted to give a shoutout to my best friend and gorgeous sister, Avery, for getting her first college acceptance letter from Iowa State. You go sis!!! Avery has had her fair share of battles as well, but she’s never given up. So, Avery, I am so proud of you for getting your applications and grades sent in to a few colleges. Any school would be incredibly lucky to have you on their campus. Enjoy this last semester at Minnetonka High School and HAVE FUN! Go to prom, go to every school dance, laugh a lot with your friends, do Corepower, and other little things that make you happy. I can’t wait to see you in March!
Back to talking about how today went- After I got a few tears out of my system, my friends and I found a cute little Italian restaurant and got a late lunch there. I ordered ravioli and we had a slight panic attack when we thought there was pesto on it (I’m allergic), but Jackie’s Spanish speaking skills got it all cleared up. Tory got a tiny plate of artichokes and it was the most expensive meal of all four of us… shoulda gotten pasta Tor!! After lunch, we walked around and found a boutique. It was a hidden gem clothing store. Jackie and Olivia got the same shirt and I got a maroon tank top and a little puffy ball for my purse :). On the walk home we had to stop for helado (ice cream) and tarta de queso (cheesecake). The man working was eager to talk to us and we worked hard to understand and reply, but it was pretty difficult!
I just finished eating dinner with my family. We had homemade pizza with bleu cheese and ham with a beer from Valencia. We also watched a Disney movie, in Spanish of course :). Now I’m in my happy place AKA my bed listening to Matthew West and writing to all you lovely people reading this blog. Necesito dormir porque voy a Cadiz está mañana. Translation: I need sleep because I am going to Cadiz tomorrow
Here’s other pictures from the past few days: