My name is Maraya, and I am obsessed with Spain. The first step is admitting you have a problem.
It’s been 9 months since I’ve returned to California and I still can’t get my mind off of Spain. Physically, I am currently in Los Angeles, CA but mentally my mind is in Spain. I spend all my time consumed thinking about the precious semester I had in Salamanca. I’m always thinking of ways to go back there and continue my adventures.
Sometimes I wonder if I am crazy or if I am being ungrateful. I am from California, one the most desired places to live in the world. I have family and friends in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County and I can easily live in any of those places. Our weather is amazing all year around, the variety of food is unbeatable, there is so much more opportunity in the California and in the US… yet I would rather be in Spain.
Ways to go back to Spain:
1) Get an internship
2) Graduation present – Summer 2015
3) Teach English – Fall 2015
4) Go to grad school
I am already planning my next Spanish adventures. San Sebastián and Valencia are my two favorite places. I loved the vibes, both places were unique, beautiful and captured my heart.
I have so many amazing memories in Madrid and Barcelona, so going back is inevitable.
I want to explore more of the Basque Country, Cataluña, the South, the North West, the Balearic Islands… I want to explore it all!
I love California and it will always be home… but I felt something in Spain that I’ve never felt before and I want to feel it again. I was effortlessly high off of life! I still have so much to see, so much to learn, and so much to explore in Spain. My adventures are not over yet, they’re just beginning!
Te amo España. Volveré. Te lo prometo.