Thursday, August 27, 2015

Six days, so close but so far

I leave for Sevilla in six days! I am so excited and anxious (in a good way) to get going. I've been spending my afternoons before/after work, depending on which job, at Barnes and Noble reading guide books for the places I want to travel to as well as a novel, "Only in Spain" by Nellie Bennett. I'm about half way done with it, mostly because I can't take it home with me and finish it. It's fantastic, it's a memoir about Nellie, an Australian shop girl who take up Flamenco and goes to Sevilla to study. It makes me very excited to try flamenco when I get to Spain.

 I am also very excited to start speaking in Spanish. It's hard to practice since I have no one to talk to. I won't lie, I've taken to having conversations with myself in the car. It's actually a very good way of figuring out which words I know and which words I don't.

In other news, I'm about 90% packed and by some miracle I've managed to fit everything into a suitcase and a carry on backpack. How? I have no idea. Maybe I'll write a post about packing at some point.

Okay, two last things-for those of you who have traveled to a country where a different language was spoken, what a words/phrases were essential that you didn't think of learning before you got there? Also, postcard list! I love writing to people and prefer it over the internet so if you want a postcard at some point, send me your address! (note-if I already asked you, you don't have to send it again)

Un abrazo de Holly

Friday, August 14, 2015

And then life happens...looking ahead to Spain

In the whirlwind that was second semester (just Google Sweet Briar College) and my adventures at Camp Ton-a-Wandah, I obviously have not been good about updating/finishing this blog. As you may know I am headed to Sevilla in a few short weeks and rather than start a new blog, I'll continue with this one. "Burkina" being eponymous with travel in this case as my Burkina adventure is/was just the beginning of many great adventures. While I'm home, maybe I'll try to finish typing up my journal, or maybe you'll have to wait for it to be published :)

For the moment, prepare yourselves for posts on packing, goodbyes, and reviving my Spanish skills

Love and Lollies,