Just another traveling twenty-something with a blog.
Hello all and let me be the first to welcome you to my blog. Here you will find some rants and raves of my six month excursion in Barcelona, Spain! I am here through LanguageCorps, receiving my TEFL certification, and attempting to become a real Spaniard.
I discovered LanguageCorps through my friend Jessi, who completed the program last year in Prague. I visited Jessi last February and after seeing her confidence in a new city I knew I could move abroad. Spain was an easy choice as I majored in Spanish in college and want to become fluent in the language before I lost what I already know.
Before leaving the states I had tons of preparation to do. I spent months stalking various travel websites to find the cheapest tickets, organizing health insurance and applying for a visa, which was the most stressful. I applied for and received a 6 month student visa, which required a huge amount of paperwork and cost a bit of money. However, I am glad I have a visa, even if it limits my time in the country! I’m glad to be “on the grid.”
Apart from the logistics of moving to a new country, the most difficult aspect was PACKING. Being the proud fashionista I am the initial thought of packing for six months was terrifying and impossible. Yet, after my trip to Prague and Paris in February, I had a better idea of how Europeans dress and I knew to pack minimally. Though I was only there for ten days, I definitely brought enough clothes for a month, not including the clothes I bought there (Um..helloooooo, Paris!). This time around I packed a good amount of basics with some pieces that pop, like scarves, jewelry and shoes. Oh, shoes. Since I have not worn heels since graduation I knew to only pack sensible shoes. I brought three pairs of sneakers and two pairs of comfortable boots. I also decided not to bring any open toed shoes, as the last time I visited Spain I wore flip-flops and was glared at like I had three heads. And plus, I figured if I needed a pair of shoes I could always cave and buy them. Because that would be such a tough decision.
So, on October 3rd, the most holy day on the white girl calendar, I packed up my life and left for six months in Barcelona, Spain! I would like to use this blog as way to document my travels, fashion encounters, and cultural experiences! The best part is that this blog 100% validates my Communications degree. Maybe Roger will sponsor me? Insert praying emoji here.