Name: Andea Morgan
Semester: Spring 2011 Liberal Arts
School: Gustavus Adolfus College
So. I´ve got about 17 hours left in Palma. I seriously can´t believe it (super cliché, yes. I know). I completely remember my cab ride from the airport to Hotel Jaime. I hadn´t slept in about 24 hours (something I would soon become a bit more accustomed to), but...
when I saw the Catedral for the first time, I was in love. "I didn´t even know where to look, because everything was so beautiful" I found that quote in one of my first blogs, and while Palma is just as beautiful as it´s always been, it has become much more normal. I am used to walking along the ocean and seeing the Catedral reflected in the water. I am no longer a tourist here, because while I know it is beautiful, I don´t feel the need to take a picture of it everytime I see it. It does make me very nostalgic, however to see the new students, and how exited they are. They´re doing everything I was when I first got here, and I remember being them (has it seriously been 5 months??).
So much has changed, and I´ve learned SO much since January-more than I´d ever imagined I´d do. I´ve visited 6 cities in 4 different countries with 5 different languages and 2 different currencies. I´ve visited 8 world famous cathedrals, 5 museums with artworks like the Mona Lisa and Michelangelo´s David, and I´ve visited 2 Arab palaces. I´ve lived with a Spanish family in 2 different houses. I´ve climbed mountains, swam in the Mediterranean sea at midnight, explored caves, partied until 7 am, ridden a train (and been threatened with the police by an Italian train conductor); I´ve had an infinite number of transportation fails, and I´ve explored foreign cities. I´ve taken a Salsa class and learned to cook Spanish food. I´m so much more independent now than I was when I came here, it´s unbelievable to me. All of this in only 5 months, and I'm still not done yet! I am so lucky and I seriously can´t believe my life.
I cannot say how glad I am to have been able to study in Palma. This experience has been absolutely spectacular and I couldn´t be happier. I´m really sad to be leaving Mallorca-I´ve fallen in love, but as much as I love it, I am so excited to see my family and friends again, and to return to a university that I love as well (I´m a Junior now? what?) and to do some more travelling as well (Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Paris, London, and Dublin, here I come!)
I wanted to do a little post to organize my thoughts-I have such mixed feelings right now- and to kind of sum up (as if it were even possible) my semester. I do plan on continuing to update this blog as I travel around more, but this will be my last post from Palma de Mallorca.
Hasta luego; te quiero Mallorca
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