Archive for September, 2012

Taking Off

I’ve spent the last several days in a bit of a disbelieving haze, unwilling (perhaps unable?) to admit to myself that yes: I’m leaving. I’m taking a plane to Toronto and then another one across the Atlantic Ocean. I’m leaving. I’m going to study literature at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. I’m […]

Traveling light

The sun here is different. It rises and falls at new times and the heat burns in different ways. Spending time in the sun takes the energy away from me but I not like in Houston, and not like in St. Peter. The sun is affecting me in ways that I cannot write. I could […]

Orientations is over

The entire first week of this program has been quite enjoyable. It was orientation in CIEE and basically for me it was just a week long vacation. We spent the days touring the city and the nights going to bars and clubs. Wash, rinse, repeat, all with other CIEE group members, all the time. After […]

Baby Steps

Now that everything has been settled It’s story time. My first and most dreaded blip occurred within minutes of getting off the plane. They lost my luggage. Before coming here, I wanted to do everything myself. In order to immerse I knew that it would have to hurt a little. For that purpose I had […]

Checking Out

When I got the acceptance letter to spend a year in Sevilla ,Spain I started counting down the days until the flight. In one hundred fifty six days I would officially be living, not visiting as some tourist, but living, eating, reading, writing, speaking, everything as a Spanish student. It was a day I dreamt […]