Final Goodbyes

Well this is it… It’s my last night in the beautiful city of Barcelona. As excited as I am to see my family and friends back at home, I’m not ready to leave my wonderful students and host family here. Saying goodbye to Gabriela and Patricia was harder than I ever imagined. We ended the night with a family picture in our WKU shirts and I put the girls to sleep for one last time.

From my host family showing me all around Barcelona to making me all the traditional Spanish food, I could not have asked for a better family. The girls were the little sisters I had always wanted. They looked up to me for everything and always wanted to share everything with me.

My teacher, Miss Hellen, and the rest of the teachers at RMSI were wonderful! They were all so sweet and welcoming. Even when I couldn’t understand them or they couldn’t understand my English, we always found a way to communicate.

Saying goodbye to my class and the teachers was one of the hardest goodbyes. The students each colored a picture for me and made me a poster with our picture on it. I have never received so many hugs and kisses! The kids all have a special place in my heart and I will miss them dearly!

I had a wonderful time here in Barcelona! I could not have asked for a better host family or placement. I am so thankful for this wonderful experience that I will cherish forever!

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Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

This past weekend, I traveled to Pfaffenweiler, Germany (the sister city of my hometown Jasper, IN) to visit some friends. I flew into Switzerland Friday night where Annika and her mom picked me up. We went back to her parents house for food, wine, and to visit with her family.

Saturday morning, Annika and I went to city hall to meet the mayor. Mr. Haun talked to me about my family, and then showed me a picture he had on his desk that my grandpa had sent him. I also got to talk with Mr. Haun the school systems in America. In Germany, students with disabilities go to separate schools than the other students. He was interested to hear how we incorporate students with disabilities into our classrooms. After chatting for a while, he gave me a glass from Schnecke-Fescht. It is the last glass they made. He then showed me around his office and the different things he has from Jasper.

After meeting the major, Annika and I went to the Pfaffenweiler weinhaus to sample wine and meet our friend Caro. Annika and Caro then took me walking around Pfaffenweiler and then we went to Caro’s house for ice cream. After ice cream, we went driving up the vineyards to see the city. After exploring around Pfaffenweiler, Freiburg, and Staufen, we went to Annika’s parents house for lunch and then went shopping in France. ๐Ÿ™‚ After shopping, Annika ended our night with some friends at a Wine Fest in Freiburg.

Sunday morning, Annika’s brother and dad picked us up to go to the Black Forest. We walked around the shops for a while, had lunch, then headed back into Freiburg to explore and to have Black Forest cake and coffee.

I had the best weekend in Germany! It was so great to see my heritage and to see the town that I have heard so much about my entire life.

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Italy๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

This past weekend was a holiday here in Europe so we only had a 3 day week at school and were off Thursday and Friday. My fellow SPED majors and I (6girls) traveled to Italy for the long weekend.

ROME
We began our adventure right after school Wednesday night. We flew from Barcelona to Rome. We got to Rome late Wednesday night and went straight to our hotel. Thursday morning we woke up early to begin site seeing. We started with a tour bus that took us around the city, showing us all the famous attractions. We then went to the Vatican (BEAUTIFUL!!!) Since it was May first (which is apparently a holiday in Europe) everything was closed. (Very silly) while at the Vatican, we could not see all that we wanted, but we still got to go into St. Peter’s Basilica and see various parts around the Vatican. After the Vatican, we hopped back on the bus where it took us to the colosseum. After looking around the colosseum, Roman ruins, and having lunch, we got back on the bus again to go Trevi Fountain. We all got gelato, made a wish in the fountain, and finished exploring the city. After exploring the city, we stopped at an ice bar for a drink and to rest. After the ice bar, we headed back toward our hotel and had dinner at a local pizzeria.

FLORENCE
Friday morning we woke up early to catch a train the Florence. After arriving in Florence, we bought tickets for the tour bus and rode around to see the city. For lunch we stopped at a small shop to have pizza and pasta (my favorite meal of the trip). After lunch we got back on the bus to explore some more. It started raining, so we all bought ponchos and stood in line for the Michael Angelo Museum where we saw the statue of David and various other famous art work. After the museum, we went shopping and headed back to our hotel for the night.

VENICE
Saturday morning, we woke up early again to catch a train to Venice! We arrived in Venice at about 11:00am, checked in to our hotel, and began exploring. Since Venice is surrounded by water we decided to take a water taxi to the opposite side of the city and then walk back to the central area so we were sure to see everything along the way. The taxi dropped us off right next to Saint Marks Basilica and Doge’s Palace. We explored around the area and then went to see Rialto Bridge. It began sprinkling, so we headed back to check into our hotel and eat at a local pizzeria.

Sunday morning we slept in, checked out of our hotel, and went to enjoy Venice! We went shopping for a little and then went on a gondola ride. After our relaxing ride on the gondola, we walked to Saint Mark’s Campanile and went up the tower to see off of Venice. We ended our day by having lunch along the water and then caught a bus to the airport.

Italy was beautiful! Rome was amazing and full of so much history, Florence was exactly how I pictured Italy to look, and Venice was the icing on the top of the cake, breathtaking! It was nice to have a little vacation on top of my vacation here in Barcelona. It’s good to be back in in Barcelona with my host family and to see all the kids in classroom! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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