¡Hola a todos!
Today I embark upon a great journey – to infinity, and beyond!
Well, not literally. I’m leaving for Granada, Spain, today and have a long day of travel ahead of me. Although it may feel like I’m traveling to infinity, I’m only about 4,300 miles away. But that’s 4,300 miles away from my family, my friends, and most importantly – my cell phone service area. Just kidding…kind of. After all the sitting (on planes, buses, etc.) I’ll be doing today, I’ll be glad to arrive in Granada a sleep-deprived, jet-lagged, Spanish-speaking zombie.
Granada is a gorgeous city in southern Spain with an interesting past. It has Moorish and Islamic influences that can be seen in the architecture and most notably the Alhambra (the main tourist trap of Granada). Even though the cultural influences date back to Islamic Spain from 711 to 1492, I’m sure we’ll be having some good, modern fun, and I’ll get to practice my Spanish!
Because my program is through the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, I’ll get to meet a bunch of new people, and hopefully we can move from the awkward “we’re acquaintances, but we’re going to be seeing each other almost every day for six weeks, so we’re kind of stuck together” area to become friends.
But overall, I’m pretty stoked to be 1) going to Spain and 2) be a representative of the best university in the world, the University of Wisconsin. I’ll be a Spanish Badger…how exotic! J
More excitement to come…