As I sit on the steps of the huge “mushroom” (the Metropol Parasol in Seville) and soak up the lovely sun in this 63 degree weather, I can’t help but think about how much I don’t want to leave to go back home tomorrow morning. As much as I don’t want to go back to the winter wonderland of Vermont, I don’t want to leave Spain for so many more reasons than just the weather.
Spain has shown me so many things about myself and about others and the world around me. Why would I ever want to leave a place that has inspired me so much? As I watch the faces of people of so many nationalities stroll by (both of citizens and tourists like me), listen to the Spanish chatter of people enjoying churros at the nearest cafe, and enjoy the views of this beautiful city of Seville, I know that I’m going to miss everything about this culture when I return home. I’m going to miss the slow and easy pace when it comes to dining, the elaborate food and drink, the tapas, the multiple dishes that are served before the actual entree, and all the amazing mixtures of flavors and seasonings in every fresh, high quality dish that was served to me during my stay in Spain. I could probably write an entire blog posting just on the food and drink of Spain.
Aside from the cuisine, I’m going to miss the warm and friendly culture that I was pleasantly surprised to find in Spain. I met many people that I would have liked to have more time to get to know better. These meetings greatly influenced my positive view of Spain. There are many things I’m going to miss, even the less important things like the clothing boutiques, the jewelry stores, the tasty bakeries along each street, and the wonderful array of restaurants to choose from.
I’m very thankful that we got to see and experience multiple parts of Spain–Madrid, Toledo, Merida, Ronda, Seville–rather than staying in one place the whole time. Just like in the States, each part of the country is very different and has an entirely different personality. I’m glad I got a glimpse at several lovely areas, but by far, my two favorite places we visited were Toledo and Seville. I’m so thankful for the opportunity I had to leave my country and my comfort zone. It has opened my eyes in numerous ways, and also left me with the “travel bug” and the desire to see and experience much more in the future.