Study Abroad Lottery

“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” -Pascal Mercier

You’re probably wondering how long I can continue to write about an experience that happened over a year ago. The answer is… a really long time.

Recently, I laid in bed and let my thoughts wander. I thought about Spain, as I frequently do and I realized: I totally won the study abroad lottery.

This September, it will have been two years since the adventure began. I am still reaping the benefits.

Some of my lottery winnings include:

  • Two awesome roommates who got stuck living with me in Spain but are living with me willingly now in MN.
  • An adorable boyfriend who doesn’t get sick of me reminiscing and whining about wanting to be in Spain. I can bring up minuscule details about the experience and he knows exactly what I’m talking about. He also takes me to Mexico, which is pretty nice too.
  • Spanish skills, that I still try and use on occasion.
  • A new found independence and wanderlust.
  • This blog, which helped me get a job that pays me to blog.
  • Memories that keep me going on the not-so exciting days.

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Thanks, Toledo. I owe you big time.

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