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Sunday, June 2, 2013

La Despedida

It's over. I can hardly believe it. I've been back home for nearly a week now, but it feels like a month. Four months passed me by like the blink of an eye, and as disgustingly cliché as that sounds, it's true. It would be impossible for me to document the ways in which I've changed, the moments that made me smile, the things that I've learned; but this semester has been the greatest four months of my life. When I boarded the plane for Spain, I had no idea what was in store for me. I had no idea I would find a place so beautiful, so rich in thousands of ways, so full of music, where I would lose a little piece of my heart.   Perhaps one of the most exciting discoveries I've made in my time here is the realization of just how wonderful the world is.

Warning: Hippy moment coming up.

I just got to know Andalucía, with its amazing people and incredible culture. Andalucía is one community in an entire country. That means that there is so much more fascinating things to discover in Spain. But Spain is just one country! Can you imagine what the entire WORLD holds?
Our world is filled with limitless possibilities and discoveries, all waiting for you to explore. We are blessed to live in such a marvelous place that is both so vast but also small. For example, those friends that you meant in Spain really aren't that far.
I take solace in this knowledge as I adjust to my life back at home. I think the strangest thing is that everything here is exactly the same as it was before, but I've changed. Now it feels too small.
So what do I do?
I hold on to my memories, but I move forward and keep what I've learned (and a little bit of Spain) in my heart.

Thank you all for reading this semester, I hope you've enjoyed! I'll be posting a few more things throughout the summer, mainly things I never got to earlier.

Adios,
Shannon