International Travel

Dismayed in Week 2

It’s time to post again, but I don’t even know where to begin.  So much has happened in the world this past week.  I’m finally starting to settle in and understand a new culture, yet I feel so unsettled with everything that’s taking place around me.

Sunday October 1 was quite a day for Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia.  I wish I had more knowledge on the Spanish history because the vote for independence has had a lot to do with the history of Spain.  The majority of Barcelona appears to be in favor of independence.  Furthermore, as you may have seen from the news, the Police Officers tried to stop the illegal voting.  Things got out of hand and over 700 people were injured on Sunday.  Catalonia is claiming to have won independence.  I don’t know what that means for Catalonia or the rest of Spain.  On Tuesday (October 3), there was a strike in Catalonia to protest against the Police violence that took place on Sunday.  Many businesses and schools shut down.  The public transportation also went on strike, leading to a whole shut down of the city.  What a time to be in Spain! I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I guess time will tell.

Part of me wishes I was back home so I could try to help make a difference in our lost country. I probably shouldn’t be wishing that though, as I need to live up my time here. I’m trying not to be consumed with all of this negative news, but it’s hard not to be.  It’s impossible NOT to bring politics into a situation where 59 people were murdered, and over 500 injured.  It saddens me more than anything.  What is with our country and our obsession with guns?  As a country, we MUST start talking with one another to come to an agreement.  We must TRY something.  If it fails, so what?  At least we tried.  You never know what you’re capable of until you try, right?

What we need is for people to realize that life is so precious, and to live everyday like it’s your last.  Because those 59 people who were killed in Las Vegas most likely thought they would wake up the next morning. Each day you wake up, be grateful. Be humble.  Be nice to others. Because you don’t know when it will all come to an end.  Negativity or hate has no place for a happy, positive life.

On a brighter note, things are going well for me in Spain!  I’m exploring the city in my free time, it’s truly a breathtaking place.  The people here are so welcoming and accepting.

I would be sugar coating it if I said I wasn’t struggling. Venturing out on my own in Spain is stepping out of my comfort zone just a bit.  Why is this so hard?  I lived in Scotland for 3 months and that was no problem.  I’m generally not a shy person. But since this language barrier is so big, I’ve noticed myself distancing from people. I’ve only been here 2 weeks and I know it’ll get better in time as I feel more comfortable with Spanish/Catalan.  However, it’s interesting even for me to see this side of myself.  I’m trying to speak Spanish even though I know it’s terrible.  Though, sometimes I just have no idea where to even begin with what I want to say.  Avoiding people is not something I would generally do because I genuinely enjoy talking with people.  However, right now is a personal struggle. I’m trying to learn, one day at a time!


3 thoughts on “Dismayed in Week 2

  1. Try talking to children, their language expressions are usually simply than adults and it will give you a level of confidence when you realize they understand what you are saying. Don’t give up, keep talking and it will get easier. Barcelona is my favorite city. Thanks for the post. Safe travels.


  2. I am so impressed with your post and the fact that you have set off on your own. Good luck in your adventures and I will be following you.


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