What day am I even writing about? Oh yes, Thursday November 21st! I’m so utterly behind on my blog that I can’t even remember what happened. My day most likely consisted of school, taking a nap, and what not. Highlight of my Thursday though was my mom and sister finally arrived to Barcelona! Words cannot describe how excited I was to have my sister with me in Barcelona.
For me, the hardest part of living abroad is not having my family with me. While most approach this situation by creating a new set of family and friends abroad, it was hard for me to invest time into new people. Coming abroad, I knew that I wasn’t going to be in Barcelona for long and probably would never see the people in my program again. The friendships I have at home have been formed out of many, many years of experiences, conversations, and endless laughs. As for my more recent friendships in college, those were made knowing that those people are going to be influential in my four years of college. So my mentality while in Barcelona was why on Earth will I tell my life story to random strangers who I will only see for the next four months. As close minded as this seems, I’ve always been one with many walls. I’ll talk and laugh and smile, but you’ll never get below the surface with me. I make sure I never cry in front of other people and hate myself when I reveal anything other than happy. It’s strange, and I don’t know why I do it, but that’s the reason why friendships are a little harder for me.
Although this was the case, I do think I’ve made a solid group of friends while being abroad. My roommate is basically my brain in another human, and we get along great! There have been way too many times where we’ve said the exact same phrase at the exact same time. It’s scary how much we’re in each others heads. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet some really nice, caring people at church who make me feel welcomed and loved. It’s a bummer that I didn’t get to build those friendships more, because I know they would have been great. So while I’m not the biggest social butterfly, I have made some pretty amazing friendships.
For people reading these posts it may seem like I’m just babbling and none of my ideas even connect, but for me I’m just letting my thoughts unravel. It’s posts like this one that help me realize more about myself and the person I’m becoming. So I apologize for the lack of my adventures lately, but oh some good ones are about to come! Adios!