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Even though I am  all packed, I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that I am leaving for Spain tomorrow!! I feel like for the past 5 months all I’ve done is talk about this trip and it’s finally here!! I will admit, I am nervous but also very excited!! I want to thank all my family and friends for being so supportive and helpful!

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Now you might be wondering how I packed my life into a suitcase for 3 months! I’m wondering the same thing actually…shout-out to my awesome Mom for being such a huge help!! Basically, I broke it down to my favorite, most versatile clothing items, which wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be! Here’s a peek at my packing process over the last couple of days!

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(I took over the dining room table with everything I wanted to bring)

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Miraculously, it all fit into my suitcase…surprisingly! (Again, thanks Mom!)

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And here’s a picture of the final product! My suitcase (weighing in at only 43 pounds) my carry-on, and my purse!

Also hidden deep in my suitcase is a gift for my host family! They recommended you bring something from where you live, so I purchased a jar of Peach/Raspberry Jam from Indian Head Farm! I hope my host Mom likes it!!

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Now all I can do is pray for safe and stress-free travels! I should arrive in Madrid Monday morning, where I will be picked up and taken to the hotel by the study abroad program! They have a week-long Orientation planned for us in Madrid, Toledo and then Seville! I can’t believe it’s really happening!!

For more details on my packing process, check out my post on ISA’s website where I am a student blogger!

http://isastudentblog.wordpress.com/author/amandasharon4/

Stay tuned for my next post about Orientation!! xoxo

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“The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page” -St. Augustine

Study abroad is  always wanted to do. It’s the perfect time in my life to pack up all my things and go live in a country for a couple of months. When in my life will I have the chance to do that again? Of course, I love my family and friends at home, but there is nothing truly tying me down here yet. No job, no husband, no kids. This might be the only chance I have to go out on my own and explore the world!

Secondly, I traveled to Madrid, Spain when I was a sophomore in high school and fell in love with the country and culture! I decided then that I was meant to travel! This is my chance to go back to Spain, and also explore new countries as well!

Lastly, I think that this type of experience will be good for my personal development. This semester is going to challenge me and it certainly will take me out of my comfort zone (which I’m always comfortably in).  It’s such an intimidating thing, to drastically change your life for 3 1/2 months in a new country…so of course I’m nervous! Although I’m predicting there will be a lot of  frustration, tears and many games of charades trying to communicate with my host family…I am positive I will come out of this experience an even better person.

I’m ready for some breathtaking views, new friends, different food, many crazy adventures…and most importantly, the trip of a lifetime!

I hope you will follow me along my journey and read some of my posts! xo