It’s been almost a week since I got back to the U.S. and it has been a little weird, but the reverse culture shock has not been as shocking as I expected. It is strange that here in Minnesota there’s hardly anyone from a different nationality and almost no one speaks a lick of Spanish. During my layover in Iceland, I found myself trying to be mentally prepared to speak to the worker at an information desk in Spanish—in case they didn’t understand English—but then I realized that they wouldn’t speak Spanish either because they speak Icelandic in Iceland. It was weird. I am back to the food I am most accustomed to, and I know all the good restaurants and where to find them, but that gives me less motivation to try something new and find new restaurants and stores. It’s been good to see my family again too, I was getting pretty homesick.
Before I left Spain, I went to Seville for one last weekend trip. Seville is known most for its Plaza de España, which is where a few scenes were recorded for Naboo in Star Wars. It was super beautiful, and the city has a river running through the middle of it which I got to paddleboard along. The city is also famous for bullfights and flamenco dancing.
Anyway, my semester of study abroad in Alicante, Spain was a good one and I hope to one day return to visit Alicante again. I’m going to miss all the friends I made and the good times we had, but I have the memories, and I’ll keep those forever. Hasta la proxima vez, España.