Journal Entry – 4.19.2000

 The quarter is underway and we are four or so weeks in.  I finally had the first meeting for the French trip and I’m excited.  I can’t believe I’m going to do it all over again.  I can still remember seeing my parents off at the airport the first time.  I remember the look on my Dad’s face.  I knew he was going to miss me but at the same time was proud of me.  Now I have the opportunity to do it all over again.  It really hasn’t hit me yet.  I remember how I felt going to Spain for the first time.  I was a little nervous but extremely excited.  6 months is a long time and I keep forgetting that. 

During that time, I thought it would all never end.  Now, 2 years later I miss it so much.  The friends I made and times I had I will remember forever.  The excitement of everything being so new and breathtaking was great. 

However, this time I feel like a pro.  I’ve been there and done that and now I get to do it all over again.  A whole new experience awaits me.  I’ve been here for too long and the excitement only lasts for a second.  It’s hard to really describe how that experience affected me.  It’s true, I did go to Mexico but that was only for 6 short weeks and was pretty uneventful.  When I came back from Spain it was really weird.  I did have a few problems because the greatest experience of my life was behind me.  It’s so sad to think it’s all over.  I do remember being bored and writing in this journal about it during the summer.  That was true, I was bored.  I believe that to be because I had accomplished what I came to do and also that my friends from the spring semester were gone.  The summer just wasn’t the same, although a blast.  However, I’m leaving again!!  I really hope France is as good as Spain was.  It has some big shoes to fill!!  Spain just has such a place in my heart that nothing can really compare.  It’s achieved legendary status in my mind!  The trick will be not to compare my Spain experience to France.  I should have a blast.  

By Mateo de Colón

Global Citizen! こんにちは!僕の名前はマットです. Es decir soy Mateo. Aussi, je m'appelle Mathieu. Likes: Languages, Cultures, Computers, History, being Alive! \(^.^)/