PROCRASTINATION

18 May

Right now I should be studying or packing but those are both boring so instead I’m going to write a list of all the things I want to do when I come home in order of importance. 

1. Eat a breakfast sandwich.

2. See my family and friends.

3. Drink a large iced hazelnut coffee with skim milk and one sugar from Dunkin. 

4. Eat sour cream and onion chips. 

5. Cuddle my dogs.

6. Give my dad all my dirty laundry to do. 

7. Go to walmart for fun.

8. Eat my mom’s bomb spaghetti

9. Have fried dough for dinner with my friends.

10. Lay on my couch and stare at the TV for infinite hours. 

11. Show up uninvited to my grandma’s house to hangout. 

12. Eat bacon.

13. Sleep in my queen size bed.

14. Go to Buster’s and eat 9 orders of curly fries.

15. Go back to Buster’s and get a milkshake.

 

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How Not to be a Tourist

17 May

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I’ve been here for nearly four months and still don’t really understand the Spanish culture. They are some of the most liberal and free people but have the weirdest conservative cultural norms. To avoid being referred to as a “guiri” (a guiri is a term Spaniards use for foreigners. American girls are the easiest guiris to spot.) here is the list I have compiled of things that you should never do in Spain.

Things not to do:

1. Never eat breakfast. (because it doesn’t exist.)

2. NEVER leave the house with bare legs. I don’t care if your’e wearing bermuda shorts, ALWAYS wear tights with them. My professor even wears tights under her jeans…

3.  Never ask for anything to go in a restaurant. Don’t even ask for coffee to go. They won’t know what to do.

4. Never wear your workout clothes in public. Or anything in that realm of clothing. Take sweatpants out of your wardrobe completely.

5. NEVER EVER where flip flops out of the house.
Dressy sandals: OK
Old Navy flipflops you bought for $1: NEVER OKAY

6. Never eat dinner before 9pm. Before 8pm is still considered the “afternoon”

7. Never go out until after midnight. You will be the only one there. It will be awkward.

8. Never leave the club/bar before 4am, if you do it’s considered leaving too “early” and you’re lame (Spaniards don’t sleep)

9. Never assume that just because you’re walking on a “sidewalk” there won’t be a car or moped that could potentially run you over. They have no road rules here. Sidewalks=Roads

10. If you have a dog, never pick up their dog poop on the sidewalk because no one does.

On the Contrary here are a few socially acceptable things:

1. It’s okay to drink beer with your tostada at 10am.

2. Its common to see extreme showcases of public displays of affection on benches, in parks, restaurants, aka everywhere. (just make sure you’re wearing tights and it’s okay….?)

3. It’s acceptable to dress like your going out at all hours of the day. Its never a bad day for heels when you’re Spanish.

4. It’s assumed that you are a futbol (aka soccer) enthusiast. If you’re not you should probably just go home.

5. It is more than acceptable to go home and take a nap between 2 and 5 every day.

Cadiz, Spain

14 May

There is not much to write about Cadiz other than the fact that is was absolutely gorgeous and for once in my life I may have gotten a tiny bit tan. It was my final excursion with my study abroad program which was pretty sad. I feel like just yesterday we were all strangers awkwardly packed in buses from Madrid that freezing cold week in January and now we were all lounging on the beach in paradise as great friends. It’s so strange how quickly time goes by.. anyways here are a bunch of pictures of my lovely stay in this gorgeous beach town in the south of Spain 🙂

The country side of Spain on our way to ze beach

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a boring museum tour..

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followed by a sunset on the beach

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& ending with pure happiness.

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

12 May

Being away from my mommy for this long has been one of the hardest parts of studying abroad. Of course I miss my friends and dogs and breakfast sandwiches but my family is what I truly miss the most. In spanish you would say “les echo de menos” which means I miss them more than anything. However, I cannot say that I wish a happy mother’s day to just my actual mother alone. I obviously have to include the people who took part in raising me to be so awesome. There is my sister who stepped in as my mother when I had really dumb ideas my whole life. And my aunt who still in convinced that I am actually her child. And who could forget about my grandmothers who love me unconditionally no matter how much ridiculous stress I give them for deciding to leave the country for a while. All of these women in my life have made me who I am and I appreciate them more than they will ever know.

Without my mother there is not chance that I would be where I am today. She has supported every crazy and idiotic plan I have had, every ambition I wanted to pursue and has picked me up when some dreams didn’t work out so well. She has healed every booboo and cleaned up all my throw up. She has has put up with every temper tantrum, teenage breakdown, and fifth of a life crisis I have thrown at her. I would not be the person I am today without such an amazing mother who let me be who I wanted and never discouraged any of my dreams. She supported me when I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 10 and a tattoo artist when I was 15. She backed me up every step of the way when I decided to study abroad and even held it together at the airport so I didn’t have to see her cry. (even though I already know you did on the car ride home). If there is anyone in this world that I owe it all to it would be her. ( and my daddy that I love so much obviously but I’ll save that for another day)

I love you mommy, see you soon<3

also I just want to say…

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Hi Everybody

10 May

Yesterday I went to the arab baths and it was better than disney land. It’s one of those things that if your in the south of Spain and you don’t try the arab baths you should be ashamed of yourself. Basically back in the arab times in Spain there were tons of these arab bath houses. When the muslims were kicked out of Spain they started to disappear. Now there are a few that have been recovered and restored for the public. I imagine this is what heaven is like. Its this underground set of rooms with candles and tea everywhere. You start out in the medium warm pool for however long you want and then head to the hot pool room and finish with the ice cold bath. While you’re relaxing in the baths someone comes to get you for your massage where they cover you in the most amazing smelling oils and you get a wonderful free massage then head back to the baths. I could have stayed in there all day if I could. I decided I’m going to build one in my house when I’m rich… this is what one of the baths looks like. gra_2And today I’m spending the day packing for the beach again because I’m off to spend one of my last weekends in Spain with my program in Cadiz, Spain. It’s a gorgeous beach town a few hours from Granada. Maybe I’ll get tan for once. jkjk we all know that won’t happen. So thats all for now homies. I’ll post again when I’m back next week!

 

London, England

8 May

Although I said that Dublin was my favorite city I have been to during this trip, there just may be a new contender. Last week I went on the most amazing trip to London, England and it was more wonderful than I could have ever imagined. The only down side was the conversion rate which made all my my money worth nothing at all, but other than that I cannot complain. Let me give you a summary of the trip.

First off my roommate, Jorgelina, and I set off for the airport and got there with time to spare to eat some food and hang around for a bit. We were off to a slight rough start. Host mom made us the most pathetic sandwiches ever which consisted of just garlic cream cheese on white bread.. not even a baguette like normal.. just plain old white bread. It was so upsetting. But I ate it anyways and then got starbucks to make me feel better. This is how they spelt Jorgelina and Megan….

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Just as I’m about to settle in the my seat on the plane I realize that I left my favorite leather jacket in the airport but there was no turning back now so I spent the entire plane right trying to come to terms with the fact that it was fine because Granada was hot now and I didn’t need it and it’s just a jacket and yada yada yada.. (I’m still bummed about it)

Anyways, we get to London and I instantly get butterflies in my stomach realizing where I just landed. For some reason I wasn’t that excited until I heard the workers in the airport with their lovely british accents. We tackled the plane trains and subways just fine and made it to our hostel which was in a perfect location in walking distance to all of the cool sights. We settled in and my roommate was instantly hesitant about sleeping there (as she is everywhere we go) because the bunk beds were kind of weird and hers was practically on the floor. After we stood there and discussed how weird that was we went out exploring in London and ended up stumbling upon china town! I was so excited to see food other than boring gross spanish food. It was sensory overload. I also had to go buy new sunglasses deu to my incident with the ocean the previous weekend.. it was rough. And obviously we stopped for pics in photo booths.

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During our adventure through China town and Soho we also accidentally stumbled upon the Star Trek premier where there was apparently a lot of famous people.. To be completely honest I’ve never even seen Star Trek but it was cool anyways. After this excitement we had our first dinner in London which was obviously fish and chips. It only took us about 30 minutes to figure out how to use their money. I still don’t even get it.

The next morning we had plans to meet up with some of our friends who were also visiting London. We were headed to see the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace but first on our agenda is always food so we ate a monstrous breakfast that I’ve been dying for since I left America. The changing of the guards was pretty cool but to be honest I didn’t really have a clue what was going on.

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After we watched the guards we went and explored some more. We went to the Hard Rock Cafe of London which apparently is really famous and after went to see the Saint Paul’s Cathedral and then my favorite part of the whole trip… Borough Market. This was a jackpot of yummy food where you could try anything and everything from all over the world. I ate more types of cheese than I ever knew existed and drank some very yummy juice. This is where we ate German food for lunch before we headed over to see the London Bridge (which is actually called Tower Bridge) While we were taking pics of eachother at the bridge these lovely Indian women asked to take pictures with us for no apparent reason. It was wicked cute.

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I almost forgot to add in the part where my roommate woke me up at 7am this day to tell me that she cancelled the rest of our reservations and got our money back and that she already made reservations at the Hilton in Hyde Park… I was definitely not about to complain about that nor was I surprised because this has happened on every trip. So after we parted ways with our friends we headed back to our hotel and then went out for some yummy Chinese dinner. The next day we had plans to meet up with a friend from Spain who recently moved to London. Him and his friends showed us all around the city. We saw to Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, Parliament, Harrod’s (where you can buy everything from fudge to a Bentley.. not even kidding. It’s amazing.) rode on the top of a double decker bus for funsies, layed in Hyde Park, and finished off our great day with the most delicious Indian food I have ever had. It was absolutely perfect.

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This weekend it’s off to the beautiful beach town of Cadiz with my program and then it’s just two short weeks until I see you all again<3

As the British would say, Cheers!

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to my family

28 Apr