You win some, you lose some

So I was out reporting today in hopes of finding one last source, which happened to be during the same time Olivia and Shandana were going out to rent vespas. I unfortunately missed out on that but I now am looking forward to going to the Prado, which I told to not miss out on while in Madrid. I also get to look forward to tonights goodbye dinner, as well as a looooong night of packing. YAY! (not)

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It’s been 5 weeks already?!?

On May 5, this day seemed so far in the future. Is it really June 9 already!? Wow. 

I’ll admit there were days that dragged on forever, like, like my big speech day, and there were days, like our trip to Toledo, that flew by. 

Now that it has come to end, this whole trip flew by. I’m thankful that I was able to take steps back often and say to myself, “Nicole, you know you’re in Spain right now right?” and I would kind of stare at everything around me, look outside the window if I were inside, listen to everything around me and just take it all in. I was able to take mental pictures of things I really didn’t want to forget, like the royal palace, some of the cities we got to visit, the Cathedrals, the Madrid after-party celebration, some nights out with friends, and my favorite picture, the cliff in Salamanca. 

i’d have to say even though I keep talking about Toledo and how awesome it was, my favorite part of the trip and the most unforgettable was the cliff. I’ve been to a few small cliffs before in New York but absolutely none like that one. I felt so at peace yet so overwhelmed. I took this one mental video of walking to the edge and sitting down ever so slowly (I’ll admit it shook me a little) and watching my feet dangle over these beautiful rocks that looked like miles below me. I picked my head up and remember letting every thought and worry I had slip away for a few seconds so all I was doing was breathing. I took the next couple of minutes to stare at every detail of the mountains in front of me. It was incredible. I had never been to any place that made me feel more relaxed and at peace. Not even Massage Envy. 

I have made so many amazing memories here.

What I’m dreading back home is that never-ending open question, “So how was it!? Tell me all about it!”

Yeah, because I can sum up everything I’ve seen and done in the last five weeks in a few minutes. I’m really going to start to hate that question I can feel it now. Okay maybe not hate, but get an anxious, annoying feeling whenever it’s asked.

All I know it, I cannot WAIT to come back to Europe!!!!

Next stop… ITALY! (only if I don’t have to be around obnoxious 12 year-old children)

 

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A few of my favorite times

picstitchLooking back on this incredible adventure, I put together a collage of some of my favorite memories, places, photos and plain ol’ good times so far on this trip. I know we still have two more days, which I’m sure in that time I’ll make more awesome memories, but this is just a snapshot of the few times I will never forget. I have met some awesome people that I will (hopefully!) remain friends with and get together with back home, I’ve seen some absolutely gorgeous cities with priceless views and I’ve learned so much about the culture of Spain that has opened my eyes and my brain and has helped me embrace a new understanding of a life other than the one I have been living. As much as I am super excited to be going home to see my family and friends, I will miss this place so much. Salamanca, Toledo, Avila, Segovia, Alberca, Madrid and the other wonderful cities I’m forgetting the names of will ALWAYS have a place in my heart and in my memories.

So many thanks go to so many people I’m not sure where to start. But here it goes. Maria Alonso, better known by our group as “Mester Maria” was such a big help to us in Salamanca and will be missed so much! (Let’s face it we all missed her the day we left!) Arutro, of course, who has been with us throughout the trip has helped us a bunch from lunches to tours to translating and paying for all our train tickets to the television studio, so a special thanks goes to him! A thanks to Alexia and Marta, although were only with us for a short time, were been a big help when it came to translating and understanding more of the culture here in Madrid. Of course, (and I don’t want to make this corny) I want to send a big thanks to this whole group who made this experience as adventurous, chaotic and special as it was. You guys are so awesome and I hope we are able to have reunions back in Boston!! To our Maria (student Maria), I’m not sure you signed up to come on this trip to be our personal translator but thank you for all the times you helped us with translating and thank you for some of the awesome pictures you’ve taken!! To our TA Dylan, you definitely had your work cut out for you this trip!! Thank you so much for being so patient with editing and other things. And last but certainly not least, Carlene. Carlene, Carlene, Carlene… Haha! I actually don’t know what to say. I’m sitting here twiddling my thumbs thinking to myself “what in the world do I write for Carlene?!” so I guess I’ll start with a thank you! You care for all of us as if we were your own and truly want all of us to succeed. Thank you for constantly pushing us to our breaking points (until some of us cry) because if it weren’t for that none of us would grow as journalists. And P.S. although I may or may not have made it clear throughout this trip that I strongly dislike children, I love yous! 🙂 And Geoff is great too!

I’m really looking forward to the last two days here. The more I think about it now, the more I’m going to miss this place and this group a lot 😦

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TV station was awesome!

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I know they said no taking photos, but I had to! I had to be so careful because there were people around everywhere but I knew I wasn’t leaving without taking a picture. The set, the equipment, the preparations, the craziness that goes on behind the scenes… it was all so cool! This is going to be a short blog because I have to finish my article!

Tomorrow’s post will be juicier I promise!

Buenas noches amigos!

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Don’t judge me…

So this afternoon I was about to go to Juicy Avenue and buy myself a salad for lunch, but felt super ambitious and decided to go home and make myself a pasta dish. This may sound like nothing spectacular at all, but it was a big milestone for me. I never cook. I’ve never boiled my own pasta, I’ve never sauteed vegetables or anything like that. The only thing I know how to do is heat up food in the microwave (although I do admit I make a mean bowl of cereal). I went to the grocery store and bought spaghetti, broccoli and mushrooms and made myself a really yummy pasta dish. I took a picture of all the ingredients cooking on the stove and sent it to my mom she responded with, “OMG. Who is this and what have you done with my daughter?!” She was so proud 🙂 

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I think I found my future profession

Hanging out at the radio station this afternoon I couldn`t help but think, “I could totally see myself doing this.” It was the coolest, chillest yet energetic environment but had the fast pace, quick-on-your-feet newsroom feel I itch for. Although for most of the trip we sat and watched a live talk show, I was so into it. It was so interesting to see how quickly things flow and how the people in the studio behind the microphones communicate with the people in front of them in the tech room. They were able to tell one another things through only hand signals, keeping the segment flowing smoothly. 

It was also fascinated to see just how quickly scenes change when on the air. When we`re in the car listening to the radio we are not particularly moved by the changing voices and addition/subtraction of characters. When you are actually in the studio actually looking at a segment going on, people are in and out of the studio every few minutes. Scenes are constantly changing and a person listening on the other end would have no idea, because they make the flow so seemless. 

It was a very fun afternoon. Now, back to work!!

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And while I`m on the topic of birthdays…

A very happy birthday to our fellow student, Bryan! Hope you enjoy your special day! Drinks on me later 🙂

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