¡Hola un otro vez!
First off, I have to give huge thank you to Ms. Segurola-Calderon for having me and making the celebration as fun as it was. I couldn’t have asked for a better class and I’m glad I got to share the experience with all of you. I’m lucky that I got to see Barcelona through all of your eyes, but meeting you guys and putting faces to names made it even better. I was definitely a little nervous coming in, but everyone was immediately friendly and ready to share.
It was no surprise to me hearing how good all of your Spanish is, but hearing everyone collectively recite Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech was something special.
Hearing everyone’s own personal dreams made me hopeful for the future and confident that we have some open minded young people out there. From saving the animals and environment, to advocating for a world where people are valued as the humans they are regardless of race, gender, orientation, to becoming the next professional futbol star, this day brought a smile to my face.
It was fun going over some of your questions from my travels about the people and places, and hearing about your desires and plans for traveling in the future.
I also have to thank Mrs. Segurola-Calderon for sharing the Spanish cherimoya fruit, which was a new one for me too! While the taste was similar to a banana, we all decided it was a little more tropical, kind of like a mango or guava crossed with banana.
It was fun to hear about the book you’re reading as well, Óyemos con los ojos, and how the deaf boy in the story loves the smell of the cherimoya fruit. It was pretty sweet and I was happy I at least knew what the Spanish title meant in a room for of bilingual students!
I was only planning on being there for 45 minutes, but as soon as someone said dance party I ended up hanging out with all of you for two hours!
I might not have moves quite like all of you, but it was fun hearing Spanish music again and reminded me of my time in Barcelona.
Since I’ve been back in Portland, it’s been easy to get caught up in work, school, and my personal life living in a house with my friends. Going through my pictures and putting together the slide show for all of you, as well as all of your questions and comments made me nostalgic for the now seemingly short three months I was there. It reminded me how we change based on our environment, and the social-cultural setting we find ourselves in.
I hope I can stay in touch with the vulnerability and open-mindedness Barcelona brought for me, and that I was able to share some of it with you. This was the biggest take away in my eyes, because it’s all too easy to fall into a routine when we’re comfortable. I want to thank you all again for sharing the experience with me, and learning from each other throughout. You have some big dreams and bigger hearts and made studying abroad what it was.