The weight is over

I knew packing was going to be one of the hardest parts about this trip. Don’t worry family and friends, saying goodbye to you all for three months is before packing on my top 10 hardest-things-to-do-for-my-trip-to-Spain list. So here you have it. The suitcases. Right now they are looking a little hefty, and they might need to be trimmed down in the morning. I think if I did my calculations correctly, my checked bag is just at 50 pounds. I do want to make sure that I have enough wiggle room to bring things home too!

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The insides look beautifully organized (because that’s just how I roll), and the outsides are just as beautiful. I don’t know if you can tell, but my suitcases are PURPLE!! (Thanks to my mom & dad for the wonderful Christmas gift). They really do know how much I love purple. Not only are they the most wonderful color, but the brand name is Ricardo. Now that right there is a good, quality Spanish name. Ricardo and I are about to set off on a grand journey across the Atlantic Ocean.
Preparations for my trip have been running pretty smoothly minus some minor things here and there, but those just add to the anticipation of leaving. I am extremely tired as of tonight, but I can’t seem to fall asleep thanks to tomorrow’s long awaited journey. I guess I better get some quality sleep now so I can get up and get going tomorrow! Plus, I have the whole flight to sleep!
!Buenos nachos!
Melissa

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Get inside my brain!

Welcome to my not-so-private-journal! The days of writing in the tapebound composition notebooks are over for me, and I am moving on to bigger and better things. Technology. Isn’t it great? You don’t have to search my room for my diary full of secrets; I am going to share all of my thoughts with you right here, so come along with me to Spain and get inside my brain by checking in regularly to see what crazy adventure I am up to next!!

For those of you who haven’t heard the news yet, I will not be in the states for the upcoming three months. Surprise! Instead I will be 4,184.40 miles away studying in the beautiful country of Spain. I am leaving everything that I am accustomed to and will be learning how to survive in another culture. Crazy, right? But so awesome! I am so stoked to be going abroad and am very thankful for the opportunity to study in a culture that I am very passionate about. I am so excited to be immersed in the Hispanic culture, and I know I will learn so much! [A little disclaimer to all…you may want to have the Spanish translator tab open while reading my blog because I will most definitely be posting in Spanish at times. Sorry, I can’t help it. Here’s a pretty good link–>http://www.spanishdict.com/translate]

This is what I am expecting that this blog will look like: First of all, if you are wondering why in the world my blog is titled “horchata & hammocks,” I’ll fill you in. Horchata is a delicious Hispanic drink with a slight variation depending on which Hispanic country you are in. In Spain, horchata is made from tigernuts, water, and sugar resulting in a milky beverage. I have yet to try Spanish horchata, but I will let you all know what it’s like when I do. You may also be wondering where the hammock part comes into play…you see, my wonderful boyfriend, Gabe, is letting me take his hammock to Spain. [Thanks Gabe!] So, I am going to make an attempt to be relaxing in the hammock when I am updating you all on my adventures. Hopefully I will be able to post new blogs fairly regularly, but we will see what my schedule is like once I add 4 classes into the mix. Feel free to leave comments here or contact me on Facebook! See you all in 117 days!

¡Un fuerte abrazo!

Melissa