Wow 4 months and I am heading home. I can’t believe it. It has just flown by. I will start with what I did this week.
Monday I took my patho/pharm test. I woke up when I had to be at the metro so I rapidly got dressed and ran to the metro. My professor ended up being on the same metro as me. I took it and yeah. I did not do as well as I hoped and it definitely was not what I could have done. But I am glad it is over, I can go home and relax and cuddle with my dog and family and not study for the test. Monday after my test there was a workshop on how to adjust back to the states and how to use study abroad to better your chances of getting a job. Then we went to see the Sant Jordi festival. Sant Jordi is basically the Valentine’s Day of Barcelona/ Cataluña. Sant Jordi is based off an old folklore. This princess was swallowed by a dragon and a prince killed the dragon and cut the princess out and flowers grew from the blood. So on this day men give women roses and women give men books. So there were books and flowers everywhere! There are authors who come in from everywhere to sign books. One of the authors was Carlos Ruiz Zafón who wrote Shadow of the Wind which I had to read for my literature class and I wanted to get my book signed but I got there too late. However the best thing probably happened to me! Christopher Paolini who wrote the Inheritance series was signing books! Me and my roommate found English copies of the 4th book and we got them signed! Best moment ever, the line was so long and people were pushing, best moment of my life. It was a good Monday. My roommate and I also got roses for our senora. Also there was a Barcelona vs. Chelsea game so some people in my group and I went to go watch it at a bar. It was so intense they could have won! But it was fun to just hang out and see a game.
Tuesday it was a reading day for us to just read our notes. So I shopped for last minute presents. Then I worked on my final for lit which was essays so it wasn’t too bad. They were due Wednesday. My art paper was due Wednesday. Thursday I had my art final and it went better than the midterm. So a lot of us were done Thursday afternoon so we had a movie afternoon at the school. We watched Bridesmaids. It was super fun. For the evening we went to a bar to just relax and hang out- they had popcorn so I snacked on that.
Friday- last full day in Barcelona. So I slept basically all through the morning. I did more lastlast minute shopping. Then I went to lunch with some people in the group at Bo de B because I was craving more rice in a sandwich. I did more shopping and went home to repack my bags. I have a bad feeling I am going to hit with an over bag fee. My group and I went to see the Montjuic fountain show. It was so cool, I heard it is better to see at night since you can see the colors. We had a good bye dinner and it was sad but the food was so good. I went to church because I had too. I had to say the lastlast good bye to my new friends there. I am just chilling at my homestay until 4 in the morning and taking a taxi to the airport.
Barcelona has been great and wonderful. To quote Bridesmaids people do grow and do change. When I come back I will have changed and the people at home have changed too. But I am ready to bring the new me home and bring the new me home and put that in affect for what is best for me and my family. I have been on facebook way too much and I have been looking at the people who I knew in high school and I have probable had an experience that may not have- Some have kids, work at jobs, but I go to school and work and I am making the best choices for myself. I have to thank Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship because I could not have had this amazing experience.
I will post over in the next few days on how I have adjusted. The nursing aspect of this experience continues through May with clinicals and labs. It’s going to be an exciting month. I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog!