From Due West to Spain

Ah, the euphoria of post-exams week. After a wonderful, but hectic, month full of assignments, exams, and events, being able to relax and actually read for fun (a pastime difficult to fit into the college schedule) is utterly refreshing. Of course, as nice as it is to have a break from assignment deadlines—a break which allows time for independent intellectual exploration!—I can already tell how much I’m going to miss Erskine over the next *gulp* eight months.

You see, I will be leaving for Spain in the fall. And perhaps it’s because I’m something of a homebody, but to be honest, my feelings about this fast-approaching adventure abroad are mixed. Now, don’t get me wrong—with each passing day, the phrase “I’ll be studying in

My Erskine home (Robinson dorm)

My Erskine home (Robinson dorm)

Spain in the fall” becomes more and more real, and my excitement builds commensurately. I’m re-reading Aimeé’s blogs about Spain with a new eye, and details which I didn’t notice before now jump out from the page (er, computer screen) as I read about places and experiences I’ll soon be in the midst of myself. How exciting!

And yet…for someone who love home, books, and a good cup of tea, the idea of navigating Spain and international flights on my own is a bit intimidating. On past trips out of the country, I’ve always been with a group and have simply followed where I was led. Perhaps this fall will be a good time to improve my directional ability which…eheh, hasn’t always been stellar. But what better way to learn than practice, right? Oh yes, and I will be immersed in Spanish…which, again, is incredibly exciting, but also a bit intimidating.

I’ll admit, I became a bit sentimental last week as I began thinking things like, “Oh, this is the last time I’ll eat in Snapper’s for almost a year” or “this is the last time I’ll play ‘signs’ (a super fun game that’s somewhat like charades) with friends at Erskine.”

Alicante, España: the seaside city I’ll call home from September to December this year

Alicante, España: the seaside city I’ll call home from September to December this year

But of course, when I return from Spain I’ll still have a year and a half left at Erskine…so I suppose I should save the wistful moments of reminiscence for when I’m a senior! And, as much as I know there will be times this fall when I’ll miss home and Erskine (and, well, t
he US), the opportunity to live and study in a foreign country (where se habla español, for that matter) is an incredible one. As St. Augustine once said, “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” I hope that my stay in Spain will be an exciting, horizon-broadening page well-read. And who knows? If I love it there as much as Aimeé did, we may have to go back together for a visit in the near future! But first, off to Alicante for the fall of 2011…