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A Goodbye Letter to Salamanca

Don't worry, be happy

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A Goodbye Letter to Salamanca
Emily Lydell

Dear Salamanca,

It's been quite a month. My time here has gone by like the blink of an eye. I can honestly say this is like my second home. I have gotten to know your streets, your architecture, the language (a little), and everything in between. I couldn't imagine studying abroad anywhere else, other than here. Going abroad has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I have learned so much about myself, this country and its culture, and just about life in general.

I love going to the plaza to grab some tapas, or for some gelato, or going to a cafe to study. It is such a central place where people come together for food and socialization where you don't have to worry about cars and can just walk around freely or sit down in the center of the plaza. This was such a new experience for me because there aren't really places like that at home where you can do all of these things in one defined space. It was a safe place and a way to connect with the people.

Even though I lived far from the school and had to walk like 30 minutes to class, I wouldn't change any of it. I got to see some interesting parts of the city every single day. Not to mention it was great exercise, definitely worked out my calfs.

I really loved your atmosphere. The attitudes of the people that I met and their perspectives on life really made me think about my attitude towards life. Your people definitely seem more laid back and relaxed, as well as optimistic. When stressing over my Spanish exam, our professor would just tell us, "Don't worry, be happy". I think I'm going to make it my new motto in life, honestly. I could see it in the people on the streets how content and worry free they are. Their walk isn't fast paced, they're always talking to a friend, or sitting down getting food while drinking with friends. There's nothing but good vibes here.

I have met so many great people with whom I've shared some great experiences with while here. I am excited to cultivate these new friendships and relationships as I go back home. You are a homey city and you have taught me how important relationships are in life.

As much as I love this place and am sad to leave, I'm ready to go back home with a new mindset of how to view and live life. I'm no longer going to live with this constant worry about something going wrong. I'm going to allow myself to have fun, and enjoy it. I'm going to give myself more to my friends and family and enjoy their presence.

Thank you for all that you have taught me. I hope to one day return to walk your beautiful streets once more.

Nothing but love,

An American studying abroad

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