Packing Up

I take a quick break from studying and packing to write one final time from my new home in Spain.

This is it! The bag is almost packed and the number of days left is withering.

This week has already been such a whirlwind of emotions and thoughts and I don’t even hop on the plane until Friday morning. Excited to get home? Yes. Ready to say goodbye? Absolutely not. Ready to be back at Hope College? Of course. Excited for the semester to be over? Not sure….

Most of all, I think I’m sad that the experience as a whole is over. Studying abroad has been something I’ve looked forward to for what seems like years! It’s always been something I’ve wanted to do. And now that these four months are over… so is the whole thing. The reality of my life is that I will mostly likely never have the chance or time to do something similar to this, again. But wow, am I glad that I have been fortunate enough to do so.

While yes I get to go home to the things that are oh-so familiar, the school that I love, and my wonderful family and friends… I have to leave behind the things that have become oh-so familiar, the program that has taken such great care of me, and my new family and friends. Crazy.

The rest of my week looks a lot like it has these past few days. Exams on Wednesday, more packing, and last hours with friends before we head home to various places around the country. And more packing. And more goodbyes.

And then I’m off!

It’s been better than I could have ever imagined.

Until next time, Alicante.

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Terah Ryan

Hello! I'm so excited to share my Spanish experience with you while I study in Alicante, Spain with the CIEE Liberal Arts program. I am from Holland where I have grown up all my life, so I am thrilled to get out of the country for a whole semester. I am a Sophomore at Hope, class of 2017. I hope that you enjoy reading about my experiences a much as I love having them. Peace and Blessings!

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