I’ve become acclimated to living in Madrid for a few months now and feel like I really know the city. I’ve been able to explore so many restaurants, neighborhoods, parks, and events. I feel like I can really show people around Madrid and share my favorite places. My dad came to visit me a few weeks ago, and I loved showing him the areas that I frequented and what I’ve been up to. I don’t feel uncomfortable talking to locals in Spanish, and even if my Spanish isn’t perfect I can keep learning and putting myself out there to use it.

School has been hitting harder now so I’ve been needing to study for midterms and meet for group projects. I’ve gotten settled into my classes and the commute to and from school on the train. It’s at that point of the semester now where classes are almost over and finals are coming. I’m definitely scared of the finals, but even more scared of the semester almost being over since I’ve loved it so much. I have a little over a month left until I go back home, and there are so many things I’m going to miss about Madrid and Europe. I’m going to try to spend my last month as a tourist of Madrid again, going to places I haven’t been yet and exploring and experiencing as much as I can in the time that I have left. A whole semester seemed like it’d last forever but I realize how quickly it actually goes by.