One month from today, I will arrive in Valencia, Spain for a Bucket List Adventure – learning a new language and experiencing a new culture ON MY OWN.
Thinking about it is exhilarating and nerve wracking.
I have done a fair bit of traveling on my own but never solo travel in a country that is not English speaking. After reading Eat, Pray, Love and Tales of a Female Nomad, I started dreaming of the adventure of living in a foreign country. Not sure that I am ready for Bali or India or even Costa Rica, I thought a month in Spain would be a good first step.
Enrolling in a language school is like going away to university…50 years after the first attempt.
I lasted only one semester at the University of Missouri. Homesick and lonely, I quickly returned to my safe place and completed my education while living with my family. It is a decision that I have always regretted. This trip is only 1 month, but I have great expectations for future longer adventures.
I TRULY want to learn Spanish. For years I have been ashamed of the fact that I cannot speak another language. Like many, I fulfilled my foreign language requirements in high school and at university without ever learning to carry on a conversation in any of the languages that I studied. That WILL NOT be the case this time. I will be in an immersion program and very determined to come out with an ability to at least get myself around the country without resorting to English.
I booked and paid for this trip 6 months ago so that I would not be able to change my mind. I know myself very well. As uncomfortable as I get during a Maine winter, it is a known situation that I have managed for more than 40 years. I have a routine and friends and Shiloh! Dreaming of adventure is easier than experiencing adventure.
And as long as I keep doing the same thing, I will live the same life.
Don’t get me wrong: I have a very good life! But I want something MORE…something DIFFERENT. So I am building my own adventure leaving with only the outline of a plan.
- 2 weeks in Valencia.
- 1 week in Seville.
- 1 week in Barcelona.
- Language classes 5 mornings a week in each city.
- The rest is up for grabs!
30 days and counting down.
The doubts are fading rapidly and I am eager to begin!
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