This is the photo I have been using for my banner recently, a Creative Commons licensed photograph by Flickr user edsalked, and it is of Granada, Spain. Why, you ask? Well, because this Monday I’m packing up and heading to Spain to take a month-long intensive language course. I’m going to begin writing my thesis in a few months and I wanted both the experience of short-term living abroad and the opportunity to bring my language skills up a notch. I will be living with a family and taking the class at the University of Granada. I’ve been to Spain before for a vacation, but we traveled primarily in northern Spain, so I’m excited to explore the southern part of the country.
Right now, I’m nervous. I’m nervous about going alone and I’m nervous about the entrance exam I have to take. I’m nervous about flying and about packing and forgetting something. I’m trying to forget everything I’m worried about and just be excited, and I think that will take over once I finally get there.
So this blog is going to be pretty quiet for the next month. I’m trying to avoid English as much as possible, except for phone calls home to my family and boyfriend, so you won’t hear from me for a while. I won’t be reading in English, but will probably be rereading 2666 in Spanish (an unfortunately heavy book to take on your carry-on), Distant Star, also by Roberto Bolaño and one other book in Spanish I picked up today.
I’ll see you in November!