Greetings from Sunny California!
For the past two weeks, I have been vacationing in the lovely city of Avalon on Catalina Island just twenty six miles off the coast of California!
Usually, I am in Ohio with my family. However, before my study abroad, I had the opportunity to travel to Catalina Island to visit my boyfriend and relax. My boyfriend and his family are residents of the small island and invited me to visit before I traveled to Mexico on August 14, 2014. My journey abroad has technically began before I have even left the United States of America! During these two weeks, I was able to enjoy many things like jet skiing, zip lining, and boating! Catalina has a rich history and unique cultural experience that has definitely readied me for my study in Mexico. Not only have I been using my Spanish here, but the vast Hispanic culture is a great precursor to my full immersion experience.
I am not a very experienced traveler, so before I arrived in Catalina I was feeling a lot of anxiety. What happens if my flight gets canceled? Will my flight leave on time? What if my checked bag is too heavy? Or worse; it gets lost? Needless to say, my family spent a lot of time calming me down before this initial series of flights.
However, I’m excited for Mexico! I have never been out of the country before and I want to begin polishing my language skills as quickly as possible. Usually, around this time, I am back at my home college preparing with my fellow resident life staffers for the upcoming academic year and looking forward to seeing my friends, but this year is completely different. I don’t know if it has set in yet that I am going abroad to Mexico of all places! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would be going to Mexico to study for a semester. It is so wonderful to have an opportunity like this and to be able to work on my language skills.