Stop and smell the roses

This past weekend and upcoming weekend mark my final two at home here in San Sebastián. My final 4 weeks will be spent studying here during the week and traveling on the weekends. It is insanely bittersweet, and everyday I try to find more ways to enjoy my life here in Spain as my time left dwindles. The semester seems to be going by more quickly by the minute and I wish time could just stop for a few moments. I find myself appreciating the little things in this city much more, (even though the cold spell that has arrived is making it a little less motivating to walk everywhere). I’m trying to spend as much time with my friends as I can because in a few short weeks we’ll be thousands of miles away instead of just a few blocks down the road. I feel like the day I return home is so far away since I still have 4 more trips planned but time is going by so quickly I’m worried the day is going to come and I’m not going to have done everything I have wanted to do!

This past weekend was very relaxed and fun. I brought my roommate Grace with me to my favorite place in the city: the end of the beach cove where there is a sculpture called Peine del Viento, which is essentially metal figures built into some huge beautiful rock formations. I run here generally a few times a week and it never fails to impress me. One day last week I ended up there around high tide after a storm and the waves were incredible, crashing against the rocks and flooding the terrace. Friday night my friends and I had a big girls night; we went to the grocery store together and bought pizza ingredients and a bunch of toppings for a build your own pizza dinner followed by some homemade brownies. We all watched Clueless together, a classic movie and to this day one of my favorites, and recounted some of our favorite memories from high school and college, laughing at each other’s stories. It’s so fun to hear about other people’s experiences and remember some of your own favorites. Saturday we spent the day with some churros con chocolate and the aquarium. A super great rainy day activity.

This upcoming weekend I’m taking a “Game of Thrones” hike to see Dragonstone (even though I have never seen Game of Thrones… I really just agreed to this to take pictures for my fanatic best friend Sarah… and of course because it looks like an incredible experience) I’m also hoping make it to Bilbao to see the Guggenheim on Sunday.

My goal for the next 4 to 5 weeks that I have left is to try to experience something new and fun in San Sebastián every week. The first few weeks that I was here I feel like I was a little too preoccupied with the travel aspect of study abroad and now that my time has been closing I have really come to love and appreciate this beautiful place I live in. It’s going to be really hard to leave as I’ve come to call San Sebastián home. I’m a little nervous as to my assimilation back to life in the states– I’ve heard some people have a harder time readjusting to life in the US than upon initial arrival to their new country for studying abroad. This being said, I am excited to see my family and friends and recount all my stories to them. One week until my sisters and parents arrive in Madrid!! I can’t wait to spend time with them, I think this is the longest I have ever gone without seeing all of them. Until next week… thanks for reading!

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