Experiencing a new world

By Kear'A B.

Oct. 3, 2021

When I first had the opportunity to travel to Spain, I was excited. With COVID playing a factor, I was careful not to get my hopes too high as life was very uncertain. However, the closer I got to July, the more it seemed like it was really happening. Before I knew it, I was on a plane to Spain. I was off, leaving the United States for the first time.

Carnival rides light up with neon against a dark sky
El carnival.

I was not sure what to expect during my month in Spain, but I can now say that it was an adventure of a lifetime. I flew out of Miami, and between there and waiting to board my train from Madrid to Oviedo, I heard more Spanish than I had my entire life. It was everywhere. I was officially in a different world. A new world that taught me so much. Life in Spain was unreal. The beaches were beautiful, the mountains majestic. The beaches and mountains being in the same place, creating a beautiful sight that is hard to imagine as true. I swear there are no bad sights in Spain.

A sandy beach under a blue sky with buildings on the far shoreline.
La playa.

The food was fresh and fantastic. I had some of the most amazing experiences of my life. I experienced so many things for the first time: a new culture, a new diet, new people, a new life. Ever since I came back, it has been hard to remember that I really got to experience the life I had in Spain. I was on top of the world.

Cooked shrimp  in a sauce sit in a bowl on a white tablecloth.
Best food of my life.
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