Thought Catalog

1. Metabolism isn’t magic.

It’s hard not to get used to the grotesque Roman orgy of eating habits that is youth. You can live on an uninterrupted diet of Mountain Dew, Doritos, and the errant Toaster Strudel for when you’re feeling like doing a bit of kitchen work, never seeing an ounce of your folly go straight to your carefree hips. Then, at a certain point, you eat an Oreo and can actually watch that bad boy travel from your esophagus to your ass if you stand in front of a full-length mirror. And the energy you constantly felt, regardless of the day’s activities or the time you’d gotten up that morning? Now, if you’re not living on a diet of nothing but kale and Yoga For Self-Righteous People, you’re essentially comatose by 3 PM. It appears that being healthy requires work, and few things in life seem to suck…

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The art of multitasking

If I can take 6 classes in Spanish while traveling through Europe every weekend, I can do anything.
Planning my next trip to backpack Europe for 21 days, missing some time from my 19 credit last semester senior year. I’ve been stressing but seeing these grades definitely gave me some inspiration. Can’t wait to see what the next journey beholds.

Surviving.

 

Well, today was the last day for teaching English in Spain. This trip at least…

 

It’s such an accomplishing feeling, to find something I would do for free, but it helps that I paid for 2 travels in 2 months by sharing my native language. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to take from those students some of their culture, and to share mine with them. It was an amazing experience that unexpectedly has enhanced this study abroad experience.

 

My mom always told me to teach, but until the 1st day I walked into La Fabrica De las idiomas I had no intention of doing it. Making learning English fun for them was so accomplishing, when you see them learning and communicating so much better in just 2 months. I feel like I was just their age yesterday (12-16) that I can still relate, especially because I’m in classes during the day myself I know how it feels.

 

-María, Paul, Lucia, Inez, Ana, David

 

I found ideas of games to play online, but the majority of games I took from my oral expression class. The teacher whose style I completely admired because he made us want to learn and want to speak. By far, Pablo, the most engaging teacher I had in La Casa de Las Lenguas.

 

-playing telephone: Sally sells seashells by the sea shore; How much wood would a wood chuck chuck?; Break a leg; sometimes I tell time; what happens in vegas; She sweats in her sweatshirt..

 

-christmas madlibs: parts of speech; nouns, adverbs, verbs, adjectives.

 

-music fill in the blanks- pop music & recognizing dialects and pronunciation,

 

– Describe pictures to the others to explain an image without showing them

 

-word unscrambles, how many words can you make from one word?

 

-Explaining a word without using synonyms: ie “Joke” without saying “laugh” “funny” “prank” “humor”

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It’s a small world after all

My study abroad advisor gave me a quote before I left America for the first time that inspired me. “Traveling teaches you how many great people there are in the world.” She left out one detail- you can’t take any of them with you!

Already in 3 weeks I’ve met people from all over the world- all over Spain, other parts of the States, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina, China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia- you name it. Some who spoke amazing English or who I could communicate with in Spanish, and some who didn’t. It’s really amazing actually how many people speak English. It’s amazing how many don’t and the obstacle you overcome to communicate with them. It makes me want to learn every language possible and this yearning I’ve got will probably consume me.

I’ve met people who I have mutual friends in common with, and I’ve met people who I have nothing in common with. Somehow, we’ve come from completely different sides of the world in this one place, together maybe destined to meet or maybe on accident. People who invited me to come stay with them after talking and laughing and sharing life for 2 hours.

I’ve never become so close with so many people in such a short time in my life, especially with people who live in another part of the world as I do.I can’t tell if I’m noticing it from a ‘kid-in-a-candy-shop’ view because this is the first time in nearly 5 years I’m not working 40 hours a week and have the means to travel, or because I’m genuinely in a melting pot of such different people from different walks of life who are so differently yet so similar to me.

I think I’ve become addicted to traveling. In 3 weeks I’ve gotten to know my way around this little city, made acquaintances in different parts of the country, and met so many people who’ve offered me advice. It’s invigorating to arrive in a completely foreign place that before 3 weeks ago didn’t exist in my perception of the world and feel at home so soon. I love it and it makes me proud of where I’m from and where I intend to go.

España Week 1&2

Hola! Getting over culture shock of my first time out of the country. Starting to learn my way around this gorgeous little Spanish city of Oviedo. I’m finally getting used to a new culture, and language and this melting pot of cultures called Europe. It’s extremely inspiring/overwhelming, but I like it.

So, here goes a pequeña ventana de mi viaje, a little blog about all the neat things my curious little self stumbles upon.

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