WOW. That is only word that is coming to mind.I just finished my last final and am packing up my life into one suitcase. How is this semester over? I am overwhelmed with thoughts and emotions. Part of me cannot wait to go home and see my family and my friends and relax for the first time in four months. But another part of me is heartbroken because I don’t want to leave Spain. If you asked me how I was feeling about a week ago, I would have told you that I want to be home without hesitation. Finals were so hard and so much work. Morale was low. All I wanted to be was anywhere but here doing work and studying all day. And now that it is over, I can’t believe I ever felt like I wanted to be anywhere but here. Here is the greatest place in the world. I love Madrid. I am going to miss it everyday starting tomorrow.
The emotions started this Sunday. Every Sunday and Wednesday, one of my favorite Spanish chain restaurants- Cien Montaditos- sells everything on the menu for 1 euro. EUROMANIA. My friends and I count down the days in between and act like it is a true holiday that happens twice a week. This Sunday was my last euromania. Nothing had felt real until that moment. Pathetic, I know. But so classic Carly. What can ya do?
The next time my emotions hit hard was my last American cross class at Holiday gym. This workout class, every Monday night and Wednesday night. It was very mucho so a part of my weekly routine. It was so rewarding and fun. Throughout the semester, we became regulars. The teacher loved me and my friends and loved to pick on us. It was awesome. The teacher is a manly man with a man bun who wears biker shorts far too frequently. At the end of class yesterday, he came up to me and started make fun of me. I told him that it was our last class and thanked him for everything. He was so bummed and asked us to take a photo- which obviously, we were thrilled about.
The last life event that almost brought me to tears because I am going to miss Spain so badly is my favorite doorman- Ángel. Through thick and thin, this man has helped my roommate and I so much. From my earring falling down the sink, to a broken toilet, to my closet door getting stuck– he was there for it all. After his shift finished, he would change into a T-shirt and working pants, grab his tool box and come on up to 20 apt 5D. And every morning greeted me with a smile and said “!Hola guapa!” Since he has been so incredibly helpful, we decided to give him a little gift. We bought him some poinsettias and a Christmas card that apparently lit up and sang. It was nothing special just a little something to say thank you. He was so excited and appreciative, he gave both of us “besitos” – I am genuinely not sure how we could have made it through these 4 months without him.
There are a million reasons why it is going to be so hard to leave this place and this life. Here are a few reasons why!
Things I will miss…
Cien Montaditos, the shopping (Zara, Mango, Mulaya, Pull&Bear, Marypaz), American cross, walking everywhere, tinto de verano, parque oeste, freedom and independence, the metro, my chocolate bar from Día, flamenco, Spanish, Ángel, the Prado, my history class, tapas, my view from my apartment, the relaxed and slow lifestyle, not tipping, the amazing nightlife, cheap alcohol (and I am legal here!!!), traveling every weekend and SO much more!
And here are a few things that will make it just a little bit easier to say goodbye! Things I will not miss…
Complutense and too much work, smoking, not being able to get my point across, the staring because I am foreign, Trump comments while they don’t have a government, constantly feeling sleep deprived, coming home at 8am from a night out, the time change, having to pay for water, relying on wifi, and being so far away from home, friends and family.
I am so terribly sad to leave Madrid. I have been SO lucky to have had these 4 months to learn, grow and explore Europe! If I could do it again, I would in a heartbeat. This experience has made me want to travel and have even more adventures than I thought I wanted. This is just the beginning. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead. Leaving tomorrow is going to be so hard, my heart fells heavy just thinking about it. Until then, I am going to enjoy every last minute in this beautiful city. A big group of my friends and I are going on the Navibus to see all the christmas lights around the city and then treating ourselves to a fancy dinner. We are going out with a bang! Thank you Madrid for 4 of the best months of my life. I will be back.
I am homeward bound! The only thing standing in my way is 15 hours of travel! H-town, I am coming for you! See ya soon fam 🙂