Hey everyone- I just wanted to keep a blog of some of my experiences while abroad. I got home July 1, 2007 and started this blog in August after returning, as part of a requirement for the Gilman International Scholarship that I received to go abroad. Most things were wonderful and a few were difficult’ but everything- both fun and difficult- was an integral part of the entire experience, and I can honestly say there is nothing that I regret.
Arrival in Spain
I arrived in Spain on January 5, incredibly exhausted after only two weeks vacation following the end of fall semester. When I entered my dorm, I was disappointed to find that I would not be spending the first fews days there, but in an apartment nearby because my room wasn't empty yet. I was STARVING because you had to pay for food on my connecting flight and I hadn't converted any U.S. dollars into euros before leaving the country. So when they told me to move my heavy bags to the apartment down the street, I wanted to just sit down and tell them that I couldn't. Of course, I made myself go to the apartment, which was tiny and depressing at first glance. I was completely alone, and didn't really know what to do with myself. I tried to lay down for a while, but in spite of my exhaustion, could not sleep. After about an hour I decided to walk around and explore the area around my temporary residence. On the way out of the apartment, a girl stopped me and said "Hi, are you Stacey?" and shook my hand. I was completely bewildered because she looked Spanish, but it turned out to be my roommate, a girl from Rutgers who I'd never met before. Turns out, she'd found out my name from the same people I checked in with at my dorm who sent me to the apartment. I was happy and relieved- she was friendly and at least I had someone to talk to.