I had the privilege of celebrating my 21rst birthday in Madrid! I never would have imagined that life would bring me here had you asked me a few years ago.
Birthdays are my favorite. Not because I get to be the center of attention for a day (because I kind of hate that) but because birthdays are a reminder that my life is a gift. My friend sent me the most beautiful quote as a birthday present:
“Can you imagine if you had never been born, the wonderful thing that would be missing in this world? Something wonderful exists because it’s a pure gift. Birthdays are the physical day in which one perceives God’s love that made us, when He could have chosen not to.” _Luigi Giussani
My birthday was amazing. I invited all of my friends: Spanish, Italian, French, and Americans. It was so beautiful to look around the table (23 people came to a small crêperie!) and realizing how awesome this semester has been, how many new faces have now become dear to me, and how much these 21 years have helped me grow.
Birthdays are my favorite.
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Sofia--perhaps Sofía is more fitting in this case--is a third year Philosophy and Spanish Literature student at Fordham University. Some of her interests include photography, translating, singing, learning foreign languages, and cats--specifically red chubby ones. As the daughter of a Milanese mother, and New Yorker father, with a passion for Latin America, Sofia often finds herself lost in translation sipping on her favorite drink--yerba mate. She wants to spend her semester abroad in Madrid, Spain with her eyes wide open to live the experience to the full allowing you to take a step into her life. ¡Ven a ver!</span></p>