This is a blog post I have been avoiding as my days quickly come to an end in this beautiful city. It’s difficult for me to bring closure and accept that I am leaving. To have a more optimistic view about this goodbye, I figured the best way to ease the pain is to list out the things I never realized would happen in this year or things that will inspire me and those surrounding me to always venture and go farther than you think you’re capable of. Not that I have done anything groundbreaking but many things on my bucket list have now been crossed off.
As you read this you may think, ‘You didn’t realize you were going to have the time of your life in BARCELONA?’ First of all, of course I did. But thinking back to this day (photo) my last steps in my hometown, most likely some pounds heavier, summer sleep-deprived, a half shaven head dyed green and only my two over packed suitcases and silks bags as my companions. I watched through tear dried salty eyes as those closest to me became miniature while the train took off into the Californian twilight. Meanwhile the sun beating down through the glass, I had a grey cloud of ‘what in the world is ahead of me?’ and raining ‘I don’t even have a ticket home’ down on my shoulders. It’s not that I was worried about when I would be coming home, it’s the fact that I had nothing planned—no school, job, friends, money, etc. waiting for me. But boy, have I been pleasantly surprised. That would be an understatement. As for the relationship with my dad…it goes without saying.
Here goes the list: