It's been just over two weeks since I arrived back to California. Although it's nice to be back at home in time for the holidays, I do miss being in Barcelona and spending time with my friends. The café con leche, my host Mom's cooking, and the ease of getting around the city is what I miss the most.
I spent five days at home in California and then I hopped on a plane to go to Houston to visit my family for Christmas and New Year's. Being in Texas for a week was a nice distraction to keep me from reminiscing about study abroad in Barcelona. Re-entry has been a bit tough. I often question why things aren't done the way they're done in Spain. I also catch myself talking about Barcelona whenever I have a chance--sorry friends and family! Being back home I can tell that I have grown as a person, I'm not quite the same as I was before, I feel more independent, and I analyze things different than before. I have a redefined view of the world and knowledge of different cultures all thanks to studying abroad.
Flight back home, over Andorra
Oh how I missed sushi
My dog Lily is ready for Christmas
Back on a plane, this time to Houston
Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas
Mood Gardens Festival of the Lights in Galveston
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<p>My name is Alison Castañeda and I'm a junior double majoring in Communicative Disorders and Spanish at the University of Redlands. I grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, California and I have a passion for traveling, exploring new places, trying new food, and taking tons of pictures. In my free time I like to go thrift shopping, drawing, taking trips to Los Angeles, and spending time with my family. Studying in Barcelona this fall is such a blessing and I couldn?t be happier with my decision.</p>