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Shannon: On the Road Again

Hey everyone! Its me again, and from the road this time! I hit up Barcelona Tuesday through Friday (staying with a friend who studied in Toledo with me, and is now doing research in Barca). These last couple weeks I have learned a lot about myself and I wouldn’t exchange the experience for anything in the world (even though it had its great times and its tough times) The last few weeks I have learned that: I am, in no way, to the stage in my life yet where I […]

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Shannon: Spanish living… on my own

Well, I’m back in Madrid! And I must say, I am loving it! I have seen different parts of the city every day, and have had a lot of “me time.” However, I’m not going to lie, having my boyfriend this close and seeing him everyday is probably affecting my perspective a little bit… So here I am again, pondering on whether or not to stay… I have no urge to travel and “see more”… I kinda want a stable life for a while. However, everyone keeps telling me I […]

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Shannon: To stay or not to stay…

Well where should I begin?? Lets see… classes in Spain ended, we had a closing ceremony, I went out in Toledo one last time with my friends and went home to pack. Finding myself exhuasted I went to bed planning to wake up at 7 and do it in the morning before leaving for Madrid (and eventually France). All went as planned, I left a bag in Toledo with my host family and off I went. And who did I meet at the train station? A Notre Dame girl and […]

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Shannon: Emotional Roller Coaster

With the last week approaching (exam week), and the departure of all my new friends, leaving my new home, and my boyfriend looming in the air, I can’t help sporadically going from laughing to crying… and I can’t figure out why! Here are my thoughts to as why: Everything I have come to know and be comfortable with is about to change… once again. I am going to have to say good bye to people I have met and grown to love, not knowing when I will see them again. […]

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Shannon: Random thoughts…

I have been pondering on: The fact that everyone needs to read the book 1984 by George Orwell. It has some crazy, amazing, relevant, and applicable ideas about politics in there that are still being practiced hoy en día (presently). We discussed one of the ideas in my Politics and Society of Latin America class, and I just beamed the entire time we talked about it ’cause I already knew what we were talking about! It goes like this: If the government is corrupt, or there are problems (ie financial […]

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Shannon: Carnaval & Midterms

Hi everyone! I am sorry it has been so long since I have posted, but life got really busy here in Spain due to midterms! Who knew that studying abroad actually included “studying”??? Well I made it through alive. Whoever planned midterms to be the week after Carnaval was just plain cruel. For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Carnaval is a full weekend festival, a mix between mardi-gras (with street parades and plaza parties) and Halloween (EVERYONE, of all ages, dresses up in costumes)!! Half of the kids […]

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Shannon: Where is Captain Planet when you need him?

A couple of days ago was a day of firsts. I felt like I was punched in the stomach, slapped up-side the head, and glowing crimson with embarrassment… I was scolded again by my mom. This time, however, it was not for forgetting to call and let her know I wouldn’t be home for lunch, but it was about taking a long shower… Back home in the states, showers are my prized luxuries. I look forward to at least a 15 minute scalding hot shower every day—if not longer when […]

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Shannon: Culture Shock?

I’ve been sitting here in my room reading an article for a one credit on-line class called “Getting the most of your Abroad experience.” The article is all about culture shock (which apparently I should be experiencing right now)… and I wonder if I am really getting the most out of my experience so far? According to this article I should be having huge ups and downs, having a hard time relating to the people here, and I’m concerned because I feel like I’m not even that far from home! […]

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Shannon: Madrid

Well the whole school has off on Fridays so we can take class trips. This first school sponsored trip was to Madrid! We arrived around 10:30 am and headed straight to the Palacio Real. With in minutes, while waiting in line to enter the Palace, a girl got her money stolen right out of her purse! For the rest of the day we all looked around suspiciously, guarding our bags with our lives!! Swiper no Swiping! (again… why do I do these things?). Needless to say, the Palace was FREAKING […]

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Shannon: First Couple Days of Classes

“Back to school, back to school, to prove to dad I’m not a fool. Lunch packed up, boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight… Ohhhhh back to school…” (For those of you that know I like to quote movies… try to figure that one out!) Anyways, the first day of school came like any other. Woke up to my travel size alarm clock whose batteries are dying… so really the alarm sounded more like an whine than a beep. However, today the sound of my alarm […]

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Shannon: Mi despertador no sonó!!

Translation: My alarm clock didn’t go off!! That’s right, day two and I didn’t make it to school. But let me tell you the story first. Last night they told us we should arrive at the school at 10 am for a guided tour of the city. So I set my alarm for 8:40 so I could catch the 9:15 bus. Well I woke up an hour before my alarm was supposed to go off, but realizing the time I went back to sleep. The next time I woke up […]

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Shannon: All Settled in to Mi Casa Nueva

For all of you that don’t speak Spanish that means “new home.” Well I’m here, I’ve met my family, had dinner with them and spent some time with my new sisters. My mom’s name is Prado, my dad’s name is Jose Luis and my three sisters are Laura (22) Ester (19) and Silvia (will be 18 next week). My house has four bedrooms, a kitchen, two bathrooms, and a living room. Everything is so much smaller here, but it’s enough room for me. During the week dad doesn’t sleep at […]

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Shannon: Packing Tips?

With the flight looming just 3 days over my shoulder… and no progress at all in the packing department, panic has set in. What if I forget something? What if I can’t find what I need over there? Not only that, but how does a girl pack for six months??! I want to just pack my whole apartment into a duffle bag and call it a day but somehow I think the Airlines would charge me more than $15 a bag if I tried to do that! Everyone I’ve talked […]

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