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Clash of the Titans

Spain Barcelona, Spain  |  Jul 21, 2012
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 People always told me that studying abroad for four weeks was not enough. I assumed they were ridiculous, because it sounded enough for me. 

Writing should be natural. The thoughts should flow flawlessly onto my blog, but they don’t. Lately it’s been so troubling. I find myself sitting in front of my computer screen trying to figure out what I want to say about the science museums or visiting Mount Tibidabo and instead I’m looking around my room for something. But I don’t know what that something is. Then it hits me. I realize I’m looking for reasons not to write about my experiences in Barcelona. Naturally, you’d think it’s because I’m lazy, but that’s not the truth of it at all.

                There is something final when you write in your diary, journal or blog about the daily things that happen to you. For the past three weeks, every experience I had in Spain was shared with someone else, whether it was one other person or a group of them. With one week left of school, those experiences are the only things gluing us together. But glue isn’t permanent, it chips. Once this trip is over, we return to our daily schedules in our bubbled home towns. We remember these moments, but most of us will probably move on to the next adventure. While some of us, including me, will want to hold on to these memories and new friends for as long as possible.  

                It’s crazy just thinking about it. We were brought here from all over the United States for a common purpose. Our personalities are so different and we often clash like Titans, but we apologize and have each others’ back like family. We plan trips outside of school, create nicknames for each other and share childhood memories like we’ve been friends for years. So how do you end that kind of a relationship? You just walk away? I think it’s a lot easier for some people. For me, it’s devastating. Just to have that feeling like you’re never going to see these people again, but you want to, is devastating.

                People always told me that studying abroad for four weeks was not enough. I assumed they were ridiculous, because it sounded enough for me. I believed I didn’t want to be away from home for that long. Now I’m attached to people from all over the country and there’s no guarantee that I’ll see them again. To make matters worse, I have a massive writers block because I don’t want to write our memories down. Writing about our experiences makes every single memory permanent, but finished. If that’s the case, why would I want to be one step closer to leaving Barcelona?

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