Monday, January 16, 2012


So in exactly one month I will be on a plane heading to Madrid... The closer the day gets, the more anxious I'm becoming!  I love reading other people’s travel blogs and I hope people will enjoy mine as well. It seems to me that I’m on the older side of the student travelers! I’ve only been noticing 19 and 20-year-olds but hopefully there is more students my age. I don’t need another thing to worry about when I go to Spain. I don’t know what I’ll do if there’s only 18 and 19-year-olds there! I’m gonna freak oooout! Ahhhh! Ok ok, I’m being dramatic but the age difference does matter. Sort of. I don’t know. 
So here are some of the things I’m freaking out about:
  • There’s only 30 days until I leave
  • The age dilemma
  • I still haven’t bought my luggage
  • What if I don’t fit in?
  • What if I fail my classes?
  • Not being able to travel
  • Running out of money
  • Being homesick to the point of wanting to go home a.s.a.p.
  • Not learning anything
  • Not having that ‘life-changing’ experience everyone talks about
  • Being the only Hispanic person in the program
  • Being all alone thousands of miles away from my friends and family! (I think this one is pretty obvious and expected)
  • Not being comfortable ‘going out’ to bars and clubs and places like that because I’m in a committed relationship
  • Not being able to go to Spain after all
So those are some of my fears that I can think of right now. I’m pretty sure there’s more I don’t remember at the moment. We'll see how things go. Ahh one month!! Can't imagine what I'll be feeling when there's only one week left and then one day!

Surprises :)

On Saturday the 14, my boyfriend and my friends threw me a surprise going away party (one month in advance)! I was so excited! I had been having a bad day but I looked forward to going to the movies with Oscar. I got ready and he picked me up around 6. He asked me if I would mind if we went to one of our friend's house to pick up a book he had let her borrow before heading to the movies. I said I didn't mind and so we went. He had told me a few days back about how his friend's sister wanted the book back so I didn't find it suspicious. When we got to Marlene's house, I saw another friend standing outside talking on the phone and I thought 'What is he doing here?' So then he went inside and we followed him in and before I knew what was happening I was attacked with silly string! All I heard was 'Surprise!!!' from a bunch of people as I closed my eyes and tried to escape but they still got me!

So after all the commotion we all went inside and they told me how they had planned it all and how Oscar and I weren't really going to the movies. I just laughed and thanked them all and hugged them.

I have the best friends ever.

They made me dance with them to Coldplay and pinned dollar bills on me like how we usually do at weddings.

This guy dancing with me <3

I even danced with my best friend's baby! The cutest caterpillar baby. 

I got a monkey piƱata :)                          
The Monkey Was Decapitated

Of course, they had to smash cake all over my face and my hair!

Some of the best people in the world

 Oh, how I will miss these crazy kids! <3

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

So Thankful.

I am truly thankful for all the help I am receiving from people that are helping me achieve this goal!

Thankful for my mother who has not left my side at all, who has been helping me, pushing me to make this happen.

Thankful for my boyfriend who let me borrow the money I needed to complete my enrollment payment.

Thankful for all the people who have been donating to my little 'Feed Ely in Spain Can'. It says "Me falta poquito, Me ayudan? Poquito es mucho! Gracias, <3ely" Which means "I'm almost there, will you help me? A little is a lot. Thank you, <3ely"

I love how many people have been helping me, and I will always remember that I didn't do this completely alone.

If you helped me in any way and are reading this, THANK YOU! I really, really, appreciate how much you have helped me. However much. :)

I'm so blessed. And excited.

<3 ely