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05/19/2011

Summer time!

May 12

I never thought that I would admit that I had fun taking a final exam, but it actually happened! I got to barf out so much knowledge all at once. (Great image huh?)

I can’t exactly explain the feeling I have had in my stomach all day…In a sense, I am relieved to be done, but at the same time, I am so sad to be leaving. It’s so weird to think that I am never going to be walking home from the University of Alicante ever again!

I said my goodbyes (not exactly literally) to the campus and to the top-heavy/always staring men at the gym…Then, I made my last journey from the campus to Rosa’s apartment.

I wanted to thank her for everything she has done for me this semester. She has been so patient and caring and I feel completely safe here. So, I told her (earlier in the week) that we were going to go out to lunch-my treat; surprise location…

I picked a spot on La Rambla that I have passed by a million times called Katagorri. The restaurant serves authentic Basque cuisine and tapas (pinchos) that look like works of art! And, since Basque cooking enjoys a reputation for being one of the best cuisines in the world, I decided we shouldn’t pass it up.

Rosa got all dressed up and we headed to the restaurant. The place is super modern looking; the service staff was great. She ordered some wine, and the appetizer of the day. I couldn’t pass up the gazpacho Andaluz-I wanted to have it one more time before I leave. Then, we shared the most beautiful salad. I don’t exactly know what it was-there were definitely veggies and 4 big shrimp (with heads) on top, but the rest is a mystery. It was cute because I ate the shrimp bodies and then I would pass the heads to Rosa. Apparently it is perfectly normal to eat them-eyes and all; and she loves them. We make a good team.

Gazpacho!
I love the presentation!

It seemed like she really enjoyed her time; I would call it a very special outing for us both!

On the way home, I ran into friends, so we hung out for a while and talked about traveling. I have come to discover that it (traveling) is addicting—once I start, I never want to stop! The list of places that I want to go to just keeps getting longer and longer. I definitely haven’t even tackled everywhere in Spain that I would like to see either!

Who knows…maybe I’ll come back and teach English here after I graduate? Lots to look forward to…

Side note: I finished another book-The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. Although it took a while to get into, it was FANTASTIC! I have a feeling this book is going to stick with me for awhile-lots of good life advice!

Adios!

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I begin, I never want to stop! The record of spots that I want to go to just keeps getting more a while to time. I definitely have not even handled everywhere in Croatia that I would like to see either!

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