Bittersweet Symphony

In Spain by Eller Student

Bittersweet Symphony

Well, there you have it. The trip has finally come to a close and all I can do now is sit here and shake my head wondering where the time has gone. First I want to thank the wonderful Dream Careers staff at making these past 2 months a time that I will always remember. Through my work, interactions with complete strangers, and assimilating to cultures all around Europe I have learned life skills that will not soon be forgotten. During the 8 weeks I managed to make it to Berlin, Munich, Carcassonne, Pamplona, Amsterdam, Prague, and Ibiza. This trip and the experience I have gotten you just cannot put a price on and to everyone that made it happen, I thank you. As great as everything was, now that I am back in the states I would like to discuss the cultural differences that put the ‘sweet’ in the bittersweet. Customer service is absolutely awful. I mean, what does a guy have to do to get a refill around here!? Oh wait, you don’t do refills… or water. Great. One of the first things I did when I got back is go to my favorite restaurant, Portillos, get an American size meal while being served my free water with prompt and polite service and boy oh boy how good it felt. One thing I will give a point to Spain to is the use of public transportation. There is no traffic at all and I was able to get everywhere I needed within spitting distance from a metra stop all without having to worry about parking. As weird as it is, I am going to miss that guy on the teleprompter saying: “Proxima estación: Plaça Catalunya.” After visiting all of the different cities I did, I strongly encourage any one reading this blog to choose Barcelona as their place of study. Hands down my favorite city that I saw in Europe. It has it all, architecture, beaches (topless I might add,) and the night life is unparalleled. As I sit here and write this blog, it is finally starting to sink in that I am not in Europe anymore, and with the experiences I had and the people I met, it is truly sad. But the fact that I feel this way really speaks volume to the amount of fun I had and the lessons I learned while abroad.

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