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Emily In Barcelona!

This journal documents my experiences and adventures in Barcelona, Spain during my summer internship in 2009.

Mi Corazón Siempre Estará en Barcelona

Spain Barcelona, Spain  |  Jul 29, 2009
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 As I sit here on my second to last night in Barcelona, with tears streaming down my face, I struggle with the fact that I just cannot put into words what I want to express. What this trip has meant to me. How I will never be the same. 

I can't believe it. My nine weeks in Barcelona have come to an end. For the last two months, I have been immersing, struggling, enjoying, noticing, appreciating, overcoming and learning. I have no doubt in my mind that coming here was the hardest thing that I've ever done in my life. I literally packed my suitcases and left my comfort zone by about 5,000 miles. Going abroad was something I've always known that I wanted to do, but actually doing it has changed me more than I thought that it would. Who knew that a country could have such an effect on a person?

This past week, I've become so nostalgic about this place. The memories that I have in this city are irreplaceable and priceless. Every bus ride, every stroll down the street, every café I purchase reminds me that it might be my last and that my time here is finite, and soon I will be back in the United States drinking Folger's, driving my car from Point A to Point B. At times I look forward to the familiarity of home, but then I remember how this has become my home as well.

From now on, I will miss things from this home too. There most important souvenirs that I intend to take back with me are the intangible things that I have gathered in this beautiful country. The memories, the culture, and the impact that they have had on me as a person will always remain a part of me. I wish I could show you, but it's something that I will never be able to explain the way I want to.

Last week Rich prepared us for the question that we will all inevitably receive, "So, how was Spain?!" How do we even answer that? I could tell you every detail about my experience here, and what kind of profound life-changing effect it has had on me, but no one will quite understand, and that would probably be too heavy of a conversation for the church lobby on a Sunday morning.

As I sit here on my second to last night in Barcelona, with tears streaming down my face, I struggle with the fact that I just cannot put into words what I want to express. What this trip has meant to me. How I will never be the same.

These past two months have been hard work. I've never worked so hard at something. From being 90% unsure of where I was for the first month, to digging into the depths of my brain to try to understand what the old woman at the bus stop was screaming at me in Spanish, to trying to make a home out of something so very different from my actual home, I've grown and the work that I've been struggling through 24-hours a day, every day, has benefitted me far beyond what I thought it ever could.

I leave with a new confidence I never knew that I had. I have successfully come to a country where I knew no one and nothing, lived for two months, and survived! In 36 hours when my flight is taking off from the Barcelona airport, and I watch the beautiful city that I have grown to love disappear from beneath me, I will be overcome with sadness, but so proud of all that I have accomplished.

A part of my heart will always be in Barcelona.

Thanks for reading and adios,

Emily

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