That being said, I have dreamed of traveling for as long as I can remember. I also talk about it a lot, even though at this point in my life I haven't gone very far. My parents are even expecting/planning on being able to visit me at my foreign house (at some point in the future). I think that everyone has those dreams that they have as kids. Their parents encourage it, usually just because they're glad that their kid has big dreams. Well, traveling the world was my dream, and I never stopped talking about it. The fact that this summer will be my first step toward what I consider to be my life's goal makes me a little giddy. Valencia, Spain will be my first trip.
|Map courtesy of goeurope.about.com|
I've decided to write about my trip on my personal blog, rather than starting a new one, as I did with my SOUL experience last summer. The difference being that SOUL was a job, and this is simply part of my life as a student. I also wanted those posts to be easily distinguishable from others, whereas I hope to continue documenting my travels here throughout my life.
Though my trip isn't until late June, I want to go ahead and start documenting the process. Beginning with examining my expectations. My hope is that I remember to come back to this list afterwards and relate my experiences back to it.
1) My number one expectation is that this trip will help me to
be much more confident in my Spanish speaking. I am
currently pretty proficient at reading and writing, even
listening. But when I go to speak, I am so scared of making
mistakes that I just don't say anything.
2) An expectation that I have of myself is that in this trip I
am able to become more flexible. By that I mean better able
to go with a change of plans, or to make plans on the fly.
As far as organized people go, I am one of the more
organized people that I know, however with organization
brings a certain rigidity in the plans that I make. I'm
hoping that with this trip I am able to have a plan, but be
more willing to change with changing conditions and
3) When I leave Spain I want to be able to cook a solid
Spanish meal, hopefully a skill learned from my host-
4) If you've read any of my other posts, you may know
that I love photography. Throughout this trip, I want to
focus some on my photography. I want to capture as much of
the people, the culture, the way of life as accurately as I
possibly can. I hope that my pictures will begin to reach
another level as far as connecting the viewer to the
subject of the photo.