As I sit here at my friend’s apartment in Boston, I can’t believe that I am back in the United States and that the dialogue has come and gone. The last several days in Spain were jam-packed, both with spending time finishing my article, working on my culture paper, spending time with my friends, and trying to get everything we wanted to do in in Madrid in before the flight home. I was reporting up until Monday for my digital music piracy article, and I must say that I don’t think I’ve ever interviewed more people for an article before.
As the end of the trip came closer and closer, I made sure that I relished every moment. Not gonna lie, some tears were shed the night before our departure. Here’s a rather depressing selfie I snapped the morning we left. Don’t make me go!
This dialogue was honestly one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had in my life thus far. My first time traveling to Europe, seeing amazing sights, triumphing over a series of obstacles when it came to the journalism aspect (as Carlene likes to put it, working in a “hostile” environment”), producing three completely different articles that I am proud of, getting to finally use some Spanish for real after taking it for years, making incredible friends, and honestly laughing hysterically a vast majority of the time.
I think that’s a true testament to how incredible this trip was. We worked hard and played hard. A lot of dialogues don’t actually involve much work, but that surely wasn’t the case for us. We worked extremely hard- every single one of us. Tons of sources were called, interesting interviews were conducted, pictures were taken, hours of writing and editing commenced before our final products were up on the site. Some of my friends’ stories ended up in the Globe. I am extremely proud of my work, as well as everyone else’s on this trip. Although it may have been rough sometimes, I’m glad that this dialogue actually involved work, because I feel so accomplished as I sit here on the other end of it, and I have 3 new clips that will be great to talk about on future interviews and journalism endeavors. And as the trip involved work, I also had such an amazing time time getting to know the people on this trip. We had adventure after adventure and created more inside jokes then I can count (check out Emily’s blog for a list). We spent hours together, and not just the hours we needed to with class and excursions- I was at the Real World apartment every single night in Madrid. The friends I’ve made on this trip and the memories I’ve made were incredible, and I can’t wait to continue the relationships in Boston.
Not even counting the planned trips and excursions, I found myself in the midst of a student rally, in an office overlooking the Plaza Mayor, at an abortion clinic, in the midst of a crazy Real Madrid celebration, at polling centers, at an failed political speech, in a 7-floor club, at a rock show for free, and more. While I was in Spain, there were a series of protests, the king advocated the throne, and matadors got gored. There was never a dull moment!
I also want to give a shout-out to Carlene for being such a great teacher and support through this entire experience. The amount of time that she spent with us, editing, helping, guiding- is crazy, and I’ve learned so much from her.
Luckily, I had lots of exciting things to look forward to after the dialogue being over (seeing friends in Boston, my brother’s high school graduation, reuniting with my friends from home, and a trip to Florida), or else leaving would be even more of a bummer. #PostSpainDepression is very real. But as we like to say, the GTs (good times) were prolific, and this trip is something that I will have with me forever.
And as we joked…
Viva España 🙂