I Get Lucky

I generally believe that what most people call luck is just chance. If I did believe in luck, I would say that mine is generally pretty awful in card games and the like, maybe to make up for my unbelievably good luck in the big things, like where I was born, the opportunities I have,…

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Good to Burn

I don’t give a lot of credence to horoscopes, but there are a few things they get right.  For example, mine is a fire sign. And I love fire. Yes, in a safe environment, thank you; you won’t find me maniacally starting forest fires. However, I do find it beautiful to watch. Regardless, I’ve now…

Buttercup

Most girls dream of being a princess when they are little. I feel like I am experiencing those dreams more powerfully now. Surrounded by castles, history that goes back millennia, and celebrated female royalty that accomplished amazing things, my imagination is ignited with what it would have been like to have been a Queen. I…

Granada in Granada

Going into March, things were looking up. My grammar intensive was ending, so I would have much more free time during the week. Spring was peeking out on the horizon. And we were off to Granada for the second Spanish Studies Abroad program-wide excursion. Granada is in Andalucía, the southernmost autonomous community of Spain. Andalucía…

Above the Clouds

The third weekend in February, Yui was in Barcelona and I decided to rest and catch up in Alicante. Except then I found out there was a hiking day trip to la Font Rocha, near Alcoy, about an hour away, and some of my friends were going. So I coughed up the 20 euro, and…

Una Verdadera Alicantina

The first Sunday morning in February, my host mother peeked into my room to invite me to come with her to pick up my new Japanese host sister. At first wasn't going to go; I'd gone out the night before and was just getting up. But my host mother had asked me to come, and…

Latin Lovers 101: Eyes the color of the sea

First I want to apologize for not publishing anything in February. What follows in this post happened the end of January and early February, but it took me a long time and many drafts to write, each different as I processed the situation and tried to condense a very complex experience into a blog post.…

A Thousand Natural Beauties

A thousand natural beautiesThat take my breath awayA soft melting in my chestOf falling in loveWith the breeze, with the skyWith the warmth from the sandWith the greatest master piece In which I standSo much grander than the thingsWe could ever make or beA thousand natural beauties Laid out before meThe complexity of a world So much bigger…

The Face of the King

Luckily for me, it turns out being in a brand new country, on a brand new continent, where no one knows anyone else and you have to speak another language seems to be very bonding. The American students in the program made friends very quickly, and everyone is very friendly. Most of us (there are…