My trip to Spain started with a nerve wracking plane ride. With it being the second time on a plane for me (I was 12 yrs old the first time and hardly remember anything) I was worried out of my mind. Luckily I had my mom by my side to calm me down. The airport drop off was hard and tears were shed mostly by my mom, but somehow I knew when I said goodbye that everything would be ok. And it was! My first flight got delayed, but not enough to put me in any danger of missing my connecting flight. I even struck up a friendship with the person sitting beside me on the plane. Turns out flying isn’t that tough after all!
The first thing I saw in Spain was the sunrise and with it a multitude of colored clouds. A cotton candy pink cloud engulfed our plane and for a second I felt like I had been transported to a magical land or something! Once the cloud cleared I saw mountains flanked by the bluest lakes. It was amazing that even from the sky Spain could offer me so much. Ironically the colorful beauty ended once we reached the ground. Gray thick fog had settled on the ground and the weather was anything but beautiful. I always imagined walking out of the Spanish airport and being hit with rays of sun and a blue sky, but instead got a very gray and gloomy welcome. The weather unfortunately has not changed much and is colder and gloomier than the States. But Im hopeful things will lighten up soon. 🙂
Pic from above!
I spent my first 3 days in Madrid and loved every second of it! Being in a big city in general is new and awesome to me so I soaked up the experience. There were moments when things got weird (old man with flowers said he’d be my boyfriend and we should go to a hotel….) and misunderstandings (Me to Starbucks cashier: Does the coffee have milk, Cashier: Yes, Me: Can I have 2% milk, Cashier: what?). But is was all worth it to be able to see places like La Puerta del Sol, El Palacio Real, y El Museo del Prado (check gallery out).
Now I have FINALLY reached Toledo and I feel like I have once again been transported to a wondrous land. Everywhere you look there is a new adventure right around the corner. The history in this small city is outstanding and the architecture is straight from a medieval fairy tale. To be able to wake up in a place with so much history is amazing and I could stare at the landscape for hours. Thankfully I have others around me that also feel the same and a host family that is deeply invested in making sure I get as much out of my stay in Toledo as I possibly can.
I really like Arches!
My adventures in toledo have just begun and I cant wait to see where the cobblestone paths take me!
“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
My aspirations have led me here to this wondrous city. It took my breathe away for the very first time in my life. I have seen beauty and I’m thankful beyond words.
So to start this post let me just say that yesterday and the wee hours of today have been filled with a weird mixture of denial, sadness, fear, anxiety, giddiness, and other indistinguishable emotions. They all mixed together and created a hazy state that I couldn’t shake off all day. I wouldn’t say this is a bad thing, but its not a great thing either. I always pictured the days leading up to the big day full of endless amounts of excitement, but I found myself overwhelmed with everything but! I mean I thought I would a be a freaking ray of sunshine in the rainy sky yesterday and I was just added to the grey gloominess! Anyway I realize now that the reason I feel this way is because I don’t know whats ahead of me. I’ve dreamed of this day for SOOOOOOO long, but there is no way to plan for whats to come. Fate has a plan for me and it doesn’t want to share! Its scary to think what will happen during my time abroad, but I’m eager to see how it will change me for the better. Nothing has brought me down so far. So Spain…..BRING IT ON!
On a not so emotionally heavy note, I think I got everything packed! FINALLY! Why did no one tell me how hard packing is? I mean come on! The airline is forcing me to put my entire life in a zippered bag. It’s insanity! Well anyways I did it, but some things were sacrificed……
No but really it was quite hard to let some things go (yes I am having a girl moment right now), but lets hope that what I bring works out. 🙂
On a final note I have to state that the whole entire foundation of my hazy state of mind is fear. Fear of the unknown and what will be. The little girl in me is hiding under her pink teddy bear blanket, holding her pink teddy bear, and pretending that the fear well be over soon. But the adult me knows that that same fear is what will ultimately push me forward. I hope to learn the importance of its presence in my life throughout my journey. I leave you with this quotation by a great man which only strengthens my resolve.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” -Nelson Mandela
My name is Alejandra and I’m about to embark on an adventure of a life time! On January 11, 2014 I will be leaving the good ole U.S.A for the rich soil of Espana (Spain for y’all non-spanish speakers)! This will be my very first time out of my birth country and my second time on a plane. Suffice to say that every little step of this journey has been and will be an aventura (adventure, once again for y’all non-Spanish speakers. hahaha). I’m excited, scared to death, and sooooooo not mentally ready, but I hope to recount all the ups and downs in this blog. Because an adventure and life in general is not without its boops on the head (insert visual example here——->
FYI: The dog is life and I’m the cat. Life likes laughing at our misery sometimes….life can be a bitch….
P.S Also I REALLY like memes/funny pics…expect several more in blog posts. And fair warning: cussing may sometimes occur, but in a funny good way promise!
Thanks for wanting to follow me on my journey. I don’t promise glory in these posts or weekly consistency (I mean I’m going to be in SPAIN for gosh sakes! There are things to be done!), But I promise to always make y’all laugh and smile from a far whenever possible because that’s just something I like do. 😉
In my 21 years of life I have never done something so epic as this and I can’t wait for what lies ahead!
A beautiful city stuck in time. Known as the Medieval city by some and La Convivencia by others (coexistence), Toledo was historically the home of Jew, Muslim, and Catholic alike. It demonstrated that people could indeed live peacefully regardless of religion and continues to do so today. It is known in Spain for its rich history, but it has also been recognized world-wide for it’s historical significance. Even being named UNESCO World Heritage Center in 1986.
Can’t wait to experience the history and cultures attached to such a breath-taking place. 🙂