was fabulous and incredible, the best city I have visited yet
Everyone was so nice and welcoming and gave directions even when you didnt ask?? It was so diverse, people from everywhere, like New York. I felt appreciated and got looks from many people in a good way, that i havent gotten in Spain, because in Spain its not so diverse, its just spanish people and tourists, and i look nothing like the Spanish girls.
London was just so expensive, The food was great though, and we managed to find reasonably priced food, I mostly wasted my money on Souvenirs and transportation. Oh well, I had an amazing time and the fact the it was my birthday was just the icing on top of a perfect cake. It definitely made up from being away from my family and Chico.
It was chilly but sunny during the day, which i guess is strange for London, but im happy it didnt rain! Over all HAPPY and blessed, i hope i have fun on al my other international trips like i did in London
and just the fact that Drake Rihanna and Beyonce were all in London at the same time i was in London is blowing my mind. I will meet them one day!
Well this will be a long post but I am definitely not going to review my whole life because:
A: I cant remember my whole life in vivid details like I wish I could.
B: That’s too Long and personal.
C: I’m lazy
So why don’t i start off with College….
Freshman year was amazing for me. I really loved living in the dorms and meeting all of the girls I love till this day. I think I really started making decisions for myself and learning about myself during Freshman year. Its cliche but you really do discover a lot that year. And although you’re still confused as fuck about what you want to do for the rest of your life, you realize that it doesn’t matter because you have four years of fun to procrastinate. Freshman year was the year I realized that living with a complete stranger is not as easy as it looked in movies, except “The roommate”. Me and my roommate were attached at the hip the first semester and we had a lot of fun and laughs and had so much in common. Singing and reenacting High school musical, loving the script and panic at the disco, and watching corny movies every weekend. I cant say the same thing for the second semester but everything happens for a reason. The second semester I branched out and started new relationships with the other girls on the 4th floor and created a special bond with my closest friend now, Daniela. The second semester was the time I got drunk for the first time and experienced my first horrible hangover, went to my first concert, and got my first tattoo. A lot of first :] I also expanded my musical taste and got obsessed with buying albums on iTunes. Plus I started uploading videos on you tube. And i cannot forget watching all of the Harry Potter movies backwards every night i was bored. It was amazing and i will never forget it. Even now when my friends and i talk about freshman year its still decided that it was the best year. School was easy and the dorms were set up so that people can bond and be a community.
Now Sophomore year, a lot changed and things definitely were not the same but I loved it as well. First off i decided to commute that year. It was more a financial and personal decision. I really missed my dog and missed seeing Jessica grow up, and missed going to the gym with my mom. That is how we bond and i love my home and my family. I also really missed my Dominican food!! This year was the year I started getting into fashion and developing my own sense of style, I yearned to be creative in that sense. I also started working at Sephora so my makeup skills and techniques grew as well. I never thought I had enough in me to dress a certain way and i was also afraid to dress differently, but this year my confident grew as well. I also had more financial means to support this new hobby. I became even more obsessed with RIHANNA, and the rest is histoRIH. This year was the year i wanted to train for swimming because of the 2012 summer Olympics. I really wanted to go to the Olympics after watching the swimming competitions. Although I realized it was extremely hard and it will not happen, I worked really hard and swam a lot that year. I learned 2 strokes and improved greatly on my technique. My friends also supported me and i don’t regret becoming obsessed with that dream because it pushed me a lot. Moving on, School got a little bit more harder. And i still kept in touch with the girls, I slept over once a week and tried to keep up with everything that was happening because i missed the bonding moments. I loved when Daniela had little get togethers in her room, she always knew how to keep everyone close. Me, Aixa, and Anthony also made a dance video, called the WOP. Hilarious!!! During these first two years of college my love life was non-existent, and I loved that. Being single those first two years of college was the best thing, no drama, just me making decisions for me and learning about me!. 2012 was probably one of the best years of my life, i loved dreaming, i loved music, i love fashion and makeup, I was discovering the things that i love that make me Me. That summer was amazing also, Thaos pool parties, six Flags, making out with Jeremias drunk at the beach (hahaaa), swimming, cooking, Bike riding was huge for me that year also. I rode my bike everywhere, to dory’s house, the beach, the YMCA, with Jessica, so many places. I still have that bike but its breaking down.
Junior Year (2013-now)
2013 along with 2012 was a great year also. I just in general love all my years in college. I cant say any year has been bad, this is the most fun I’ve had in my life. I mean I’ve had an amazing childhood and I’ve had fun growing up, also high school wasn’t so bad, but Im my own person now. With thoughts of my own, with dreams of my own, and decisions of my own. However this year was definitely the most stressful. I have never been so stressed about school in my life and the whole study abroad process. I had to give up swimming because school was so much more demanding. I also started getting more pimples and usually I’m a calm person but this year changed that. Also things on campus changed so so much . I still commuted but our circle of friends divided and it wasn’t as fun as the last two years. I barely slept over on campus because I was uncomfortable and really busy with hw, and I cant do hw on campus, Daniela and me get so distracted. I also did not have a meal plan because i wanted to save money for study abroad and that was one of the things i chose to cut. With that being said I couldn’t eat lunch on campus, so this was the first year i felt like a true Outsider. I also missed my fried Carlos a lot, because Sophomore year we used to eat lunch almost every day and have amazing conversation. I feel like he is the guy version of me so it was really easy to talk to him, and i never felt like that with any other guy friend. I also got a new job that summer before Junior year. That’s how I met this special guy. There is alot to be said there but I don’t want to share it with the internet. This year there was change but when isn’t there change, a lot of new things I experienced but I dealt with it the best way I could. I also received straight A’s last semester like I did my whole sophomore year. PS. Commuting was amazing for me academically speaking, but this year I lost contact with a lot of my friends. Form School, the Hollister crew, ect. I mean we still try our best to meet up and keep in contact but its not the same. But again everything happens for a reason.
Now Im in Phucking Espana. And I love everything I’ve seen, the sights, I’ve never walked so much in my entire life, my classes are taught by Spanish professors, I’ve met girls form all over the US, i still want to make friends with Spaniards, I still have a lot more traveling to do, and I keep learning about myself. The most important lesson so far I have learned is have faith in myself, Daniela reminded me of that. She is also in Spain but across the country, i miss her like crazy. I cannot wait to see her and also for the summer time to tell everyone about everything. But I’m trying to live in the moment and enjoy as much as i can. I have done so much here already. My first club experience was amazing, we literally danced all night and in my opinion the best dancers in that whole room. flamenco shows, shopping, museums, parks, Chocolaterias, Helados, ect My host mom also cooks amazing. Many things have happened and it has only been ONE month,
In this first months I’ve been having a roller coaster of emotions and i have definitely experienced culture shock. I kind of was questioning my identity, being around people who did not know me or anything. Completely having a change of scenery is not as easy as I thought it would have been. I think for me it isn’t to much of adjusting to the culture but making friends all over again, it is hard for me to warm up to people and be social if I do not have someone I am already comfortable with. I feel like an outsider at times, lonely, but I know there’s a reason Im feeling all of these things, this is just a part of my experience and all I can do is try making a change. But i cannot change everything about me either? The month of feb. i have loved the traveling i have done with my study abroad group, API is amazing, especially with the excursions and their staff.
One thing i did not like was that my housing preferences were not satisfied. I did not get the housing i wanted and i did not like my living situation personally. I wasn’t comfortable in my host-home, i felt claustrophobic, i felt mistreated, picked on, ect. It just wasn’t the ideal vision i had in my mind. I wasn’t happy, but i talked to my directors and switched housing. I already feel a change in my mood and outlook. I think i desperately needed a new start, a do-over because me and my old host mom clashed in the beginning and the tension stayed. There’s nothing wrong with her, and i love love her cooking, but it just didn’t work out overall. And i feel horrible that it happened to me, i did not want to feel like that and move, and hurt her feelings, but whats done is done.
I am really excited for hanging out with Asun, my intercambio, I had a really good time talking to her and I want to speak to Spaniards more, its cool. I feel hopeful and want to hang out with her more, shes so cute and nice.
Another thing i have been focusing on is working out, targeting specifically my abs, by the time warm weather comes i want a 4 pack hahaa. Its a goal i have and i am working hard and envisioning it so i will get it :]
I also am super excited for my upcoming trips, that has been my favorite part so far, traveling to different places. I mean i like being settled but Im here for traveling too and i want to get comfortable with seeing new places and moving a lot.
Im here for 3 more months motherphuckers…. And i cannot wait to see what else happens.
My facebook has all the pictures I have taken, My instagram has a couple of pictures too, and my youtube has some videos concerning my trips