“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – St. Augustine
This quote means a lot to me because of my family motto “carpediem” which means sieze the day. My family has always encouraged each other to try new things and never miss an opportunity that is presented to us. Traveling abroad will allow me to sieze every travel opportunity I can cheaply and effectively which as stated by this quote is necessary to experience as much as possible. I shared my separation letter with my mother and father at dinner time. They are funding the trip and have always encouraged me to travel abroad as they did, they are worried that they will not have contact with me for long periods of time and I clearly outlined in the letter that I will keep in contact but cannot have that be a hindrance to my experience. I am fully prepared to engage in this opportunity and travel abroad, I am very excited to sieze this as I have no strings holding me back and I will be able to fully immerse myself easily and quickly. I will measure my travel abroad success through a plethora of different points. Firstly I would like to travel as much as possible, if I can reach at least five different countries I can classify this portion a success. I would also like to befriend multiple foreign nationals, which will require me to learn Spanish. This may be the most challenging part of my travel abroad experience as I have taken Chinese for the past 4 years and have little to no Spanish fluency. I have started to learn basic Spanish online and have downloaded software to help me learn as quickly as possible.
I will absolutely have to learn to deal with the unexpected as easily as possible. Luckily I have a few very good friends traveling abroad with me, which will help a lot. Friends are my main line of support and having a few good ones around me and living with me will make the whole experience seamless. The only thing that will be difficult to accept is what I have heard about the attitude of men towards women in clubs in Spain. I have heard that the attitude men have is considered disrespectful to Americans. Although I can understand that it is a different culture and I am a guest in their “home” so I am supposed to immerse myself into their culture and accept their ways of doing things.
I chose a picture of a skier at the top of a mountain because my journey is just beginning. All the preperation to get me to this point is the applications, packing, planning is the chairlift up and now I am ready to start my journey. I have the whole ride down that will begin with a plane ride over and I don’t know what to expect, but I am more excited than ever.