Today was my last day in Sevilla, and I am on my way to Madrid to catch my plane back to Atlanta on Saturday. Here are my final thoughts and pictures of what I saw everyday to and from school. The last one is the picture of my balcony and residence
The first thing that comes in mind are the people that were behind me, supporting me on this adventure and keeping up with me on a regular basis.
Randy, for your constant love and enthusiasm towards my experience , for your caring and daily connection with me on FaceTime . It allowed me to feel your presence, see that beautiful smile of yours and follow you in your own life. Waiting for your girl for six months was not easy and quite lonely at times but without a doubt your two visits in Europe were my high points of my trip. Discovering Paris had been a dream of mine forever and to have fulfilled it with you was without a doubt an everlasting moment.
My four children and their incredible understanding that their mother was taking a break from life and follow a dream of hers, thank you. Keeping up with me and encouraging me along the way made my stay even more of a joy than a worry. I hope one day you can also follow a dream of yours and have people that cheer you on like you guys did for me.
To my sisters who also were so excited for me and listened to my concerns once in a while. We are living so far apart but so closed in each other’s heart. Being the third girl of a family of seven girls have given me the greatest gifts of life: friendship with awesome women and unconditional love from each of them. I am a blessed woman.
And to all you friends that also kept up with me on a regular basis. I know that my return will be a bit challenging to reintegrate myself into your busy life, but again I am in gratitude to have you all in my life. You are a big part of my happiness , joy and excitement towards life and the future.
My trip summary is like this. I had a dream, actually dreamed in my dreams about it for ten years that I was back on school and to have accomplished it is an incredible feeling. I tried to live six months without too much worrying about what was going to happen after. Work??? Finance??? Love??? House????
I tried to only focus on this experience and live it to the fullest. I had a personal goal of learning as much Spanish as I could, be able to make sentences read and understand a lot and travel the country. I am happy of what I have achieved and I leave this country with a sense of belonging and deep love . It has been amazing how my French Canadian root make me feel at home in Europe. In France my French speaking was always the source of curiosity of where I was from and in Morocco the thread that facilitated the connection between their culture and mine. In general my French gave me that extra help in guessing the meaning of some words and just the word itself.
The one challenge I encountered what to find a balance in my live here. Between finding the right place to live, the traveling, the different schools, the studying and the social life. No one could live this experience the same way. For me when I found a place where I felt home I stayed. It was in Sevilla. The people’s energy, the beautiful city, the warm weather, where I lived and the richness of the different students created an environment so rich and comfortable that I decided to cancel my plans of moving every six weeks. I found that moving required too much energy for me, worry, adjustment on the school curriculum and my own living arrangement. The only negative for staying south is that every time I traveled I had to get to a bigger airport which usually was Madrid. But that was a small hiccup especially with the AVE train between Sevilla and Madrid (2 1/2 hrs instead of 6 1/2 hrs)
My final comment will be about the joy and happiness I felt here. The sharing of cultures made me feel free and alive. The reasons for someone to take off two weeks or six months all had such a common thread. Redefine the direction of our lives. I felt blessed, lucky, fortunate, whatever you want to call it. I felt it during my entire stay. When I was walking the streets in Paris on Christmas Eve all by myself, in the pouring rain and super cold, I couldn’t stop smiling . A smile that came from within. A French man stopped me and asked me if I spoke French. After I said yes he said ‘ you are not from here because no one in Paris has a smile so radiant like yours. Have a Happy Holiday’. I felt like a child all the time. I was happy and serene. I am returning home with this joy, serenity and happiness that life brought me here. I also will keep on living the essence of living which is enjoying every minute of your day and let go what you can’t control. I have let go of a lot of things that at the end are not important but without a doubt I will not let go of you all, my loved ones. Again thank you from the bottom of my heart!!
Signing off for the last time