Getting out of my comfort zone has always been something that I have struggled with. I love my comfort zone - it's reliable & safe, what can I say? So when I traveled abroad for the very first time, I had no expectations to do anything that made me uncomfortable. I had had enough discomfort on the sixteen hour flight to Australia in coach with about a square foot of space, right? Little did I know that the month I spent in Australia would push me out of my secure bubble on innumerable occasions, and ultimately help me discover parts of myself that I didn't even know were there.
If you’ve ever been to Barcelona, you know that it is a bustling city with so much to do & see it can make you dizzy. My favorite thing on the never-ending list of things to do in Barcelona is definitely Park Güell. Park Güell is an area on Carmel Hill that has exquisite architecture, beautiful gardens, and an amazing view of the city all the way to the coast. To me, it exemplifies Barcelona's culture - it's busy yet relaxed, creative, colorful, and intriguing.
This weekend some of my very favorite people and I went to Nashville, Tennessee for a friend’s 23rd birthday celebration. I had been to Nashville a couple of times before and always had the best experience – this trip was no different. It’s one of my favorite towns to visit and is relatively close to home so it can always be made into a weekend trip, like this one. This trip, however, made me realize that it’s not always the destination that makes travel so much fun but simply the people that you’re with.
My philosophy on traveling has always been go big or go home. I’ve constantly yearned to visit far-off places with foreign languages and exciting sights. International travel was my do-or-die. Since becoming employed full-time a little over a year ago after graduating from college, I realized that extensive international travel might not be as possible as I had hoped it would be after school.
As you probably already know, traveling is my favorite thing to do especially when I’m traveling internationally, so when studying abroad became a viable opportunity for me I took full advantage of it. I spent a summer in Barcelona, Spain studying Spanish language & culture while actually immersing myself in said language & culture. It was the educational experience of a lifetime – one that left profound effects on my personality as well as my outlook on the world.
If you've been following along with Mad's Muses, you know that during the summer of 2014 I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain. With many education abroad programs, including this one, there are opportunities to travel outside of your host city. Luckily, my specific program had several included excursions outside of Barcelona but still within the region of Catalonia. On one of these excursions we had the chance to visit a quaint coastal town called Cadaqués and it quickly became my favorite place in Catalonia.
With all that’s going on in the world, traveling can be a scary thing. It seems as if everywhere we look there’s another attack, another tragedy, something else to fear. No one ever truly knows when and where the next incident is going to occur, and that’s an unsettling thought to many people – myself included.
Amidst these tragedies, I hope for peace and safety. I pray for victims and their families. I soul search to see how I can make a positive impact. And I continue to travel.
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