Happy Belated 4th of July! Yesterday was the first big American holiday that I celebrated overseas. Although it wasn’t quite the same, I still had a lot of fun.
Last night I realized just how excited I am to go back to the United States. I guess I didn’t realize just how much I missed and loved my own country. I never had a true appreciation of the Stars and Stripes until now- until I experienced and dug into a completely different culture and society.
It really isn’t accurate to say that the U.S. and Spain are completely different. There are quite a few similarities between them: a fierce national pride, where Catalan, Basque or Hoosier; the importance of friends and family; a focus on traditions, and yet a desire for progress. There are still quite a few differences between us, but the differences are what make us unique and able to innovate by bringing our different perspectives to the global stage.
I’m sure I’ll find myself eating these words soon after getting home- but right now, I can see that I’ve gained a completely new perspective on my own country as well as in Spain. I’m ready to go home and be able to get groceries between 2 and 6 p.m. I wanna eat mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and drink crappy American beer. I wanna go into a restaurant and be able to order a glass of water with ice, for free. I wanna stuff my face with American Chinese food and drive my car up to Bloomington or down to Evansville.
I wanna be able to hang out with family and just plop down on my couch for hours at a time. Breakfast in front of the bay windows in the dining room and playing piano barefoot whenever I want. Calling people on the phone from time to time would be neat as well.
So there are definitely things to look forward to. I know it’s still gonna be hard to adjust to certain things: Wal-Mart, driving everywhere, not hearing castellano all the time, Greek Life at IU, etc. etc. etc. But I have high hopes for the future. I have grown a lot, and I know I will continue to do so.
Cena despedida with CIEE staff and the best friends I’ve made while abroad
I think last night also gave me a new appreciation for what I’ve experienced these past few months. I am honestly having trouble putting how I feel into words, which is rare. However, I am sure it will be a future blog topic.
- I am going to be doing a belated blog on my Mom’s trip to visit me. The second time I was robbed, my notebook was stolen as well, so I’ve been discouraged. However, all the photos we took are on my computer so I’ll piece the story together that way.
- I am going to try posting shorter photo entries with brief explanations. I have found some photo gems lately, and I really want to share them.
- I am going to Madrid tomorrow morning for the 2nd time this semester and my 3rd time ever.
- On Tuesday, 10 July I will FINALLY be seeing my idol, Regina Spektor, in concert! I am incredibly excited. I’m sure I will be dedicating a separate blog entry to that experience.