Happy birthday to meee!

Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain

I don’t know why, but 23 feels a lot older than 22 – especially since most people here are only 20 or 21! But celebrating my birthday in Santiago was so much fun regardless of my age, especially since I got to share the celebrations with my roommate, whose birthday is January 30th. Everything, from the flan cake that Gabriela and Jossua made for us the night before, receiving homemade bracelets and bookmarks from the kids to whom I teach English, getting flowers from my boyfriend, dinner with friends, going out at night, and finally reading all my notifications on Facebook made my 23rd birthday one I’ll never forget. Muchas gracias a todos!

Max’s parents ordered a box of Godiva chocolate straight from Belgium for me! Needless to say, they didn’t last very long!

The birthday kids!

Celebrating Héber’s and my birthdays!


Celebrating the right way 🙂

A card my little cousins made for me!

No matter where I am in the world, my amazing boyfriend never fails to send me flowers on my birthday 🙂

Two of my best erasmus friends were leaving for home the next day 🙁 I love and miss you girls!
The day before my birthday I decided to just go ahead and buy my return ticket home – May 30th! It’s earlier than I originally planned, but I will be done with my exams by then and most importantly be able to attend Natasha’s graduation on June 2nd. Now that it’s official I suddenly don’t want to leave. Seeing most of my friends leave to go home this week made me realize how much I want to be here, and I can’t imagine not living here four months from now. From now until I leave, I’m not going to complain about how much I want to go home but I will express my excitement for all the trips I have planned and have as much fun as possible. Although the homesickness is still very present, I know that once this is over I’ll want to do it all over again! 

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