Brynne’s Reflection of Bilbao, Spain
Bilbao, Spain 2012-2013
It has officially been two years since I left to embark upon the greatest adventure of my life thus far. It was August 31st, 2012 that the most incredible year of my life began, and I can’t believe it has already been that long. It feels like just yesterday I was living out my dreams in the city of Bilbao, Spain – which I hope to one day be able to call ‘home’ again. As I sit and look back on my experiences, it almost shocks me which ones are the most vivid in my mind still. It’s not the world famous monuments I visited; it’s not all of the different (and delicious!) cuisines I was lucky enough to try; it’s not even the numerous 5 a.m. Monday morning flights to make it back to school on time (though maybe I do wish I could forget those ;) ). While all of these are part of what made studying abroad so memorable, these things aren’t what stand out most when I sit back and reflect on my time spent living abroad. It’s something almost unexplainable that I long to share with everyone the most. There is a feeling that consumes you while you are studying abroad that, unless you have studied abroad yourself, I don’t think can be fully understood. The fact that you are living your life day to day halfway across the world, with a group of people you had never met before, in a place where the majority of the population probably can’t understand you, is what makes the experience so fulfilling. I don’t know if it is happiness, curiosity, fear, excitement, or a combination of them all, but whatever it is – it’s pure bliss. Studying abroad truly does change your outlook on life forever, and I long to feel that ‘feeling’ again soon.