If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, how many are 33 worth?
The following 33 pictures illustrate some of the highlights from the past few months:
I have also been working on a semester long project of mindful observation with street art!
And, a quick comparison to what I had been able to find in Hawaii.
To be quite honest, I could not believe that I was going to Spain before I left, I did not believe how I was in Spain while I was here, and now, I cannot believe that I am leaving Spain. I suppose that it has been a series of awestruck disbelief!
There are not enough pictures or words (not even 33,000) to express how grateful I am for the past three and a half months here in Spain/Morocco (Europe/Africa). My love of the language has intensified, my (inter)national network of friends has grown, and my outlook on life has shifted.
In some ways, Maui and Spain are similar. They both have shown me grand situations of ALOHA. In other ways, they are distinct. For instance, in Maui, everyone takes off their slippers (yes, slippers, not flip flops) while inside the house. On the other hand, in Spain, they think that sickness will befall you if you do not have something to protect your feet from the cold floor. There are differences in the length and frequency of TV commercials, the way in which pharmacies are run, the universal healthcare system, the metric system, the eating and living schedule, siestas (naps), diet (mainly meat, bread, and potatoes), turning keys, door, sink handles, street signs, the absence of paper toilet seat covers, smiling at strangers, cultural diversity, wedding ring finger, living at home until marriage, and greeting styles.
That being said, I have only been here just barely a quarter of a year. There still remains much more to observe, learn, and experience in Spain, so, I can only hope that I will soon return.
Sobre todo lo que he aprendido este semestre es: Stay grateful, show love, and be happy.
Que te vaya bien, España. ¡Hasta la próxima!
Paz, amor y felicidad,