Hello friends! As my study abroad comes to a close, I have reflected a lot and I would love to share with you all. Right before I left for Spain, I went through a major and shocking change. Many people would say it came at the right time because I could go to Spain and … Continue reading Me, Myself & I
Two weekends ago, starting on Wednesday June 21st, Alicante hosted its gigantic weeklong festival that’s been celebrated since 1822. Les Fogueres de San Joan (Fires of Saint John the Baptist) are prepared all over the city weeks before. It’s pretty much where people build these large structures of art (el arte efímero o el carton … Continue reading FOGUERAS
On Sunday June 11, 2017 my friends and I decided to go to a town called Altea. My host mom highly recommended it and after she described it to me, we just had to go. I am honestly so glad we went because it was incredible. The small town is perched up on a hill … Continue reading Altea: beauty & learning lessons
Since my last blog post, I have had so many adventures and stories, I don’t know where to start. But I guess I will begin with flamenco. I have to say, flamenco might be my most favorite thing to watch. I first saw a flamenco show about 5 or 6 years ago when I went … Continue reading Flamenco: amor y dolor
This past Saturday USAC took us on a tour of Valencia, the 3rd largest city in Spain and at one point in time, the most important city in Spain for trade and their economy. I was in awe of the Cathedral, which contains a relic (the arm) of St. Vincent the Martyr and the Holy Grail, … Continue reading Photo Tour: Valencia
Five days ago I arrived in Alicante where I will be for the next four weeks of this study abroad! https://www.flickr.com/photos/110729887@N06/35122342145/in/dateposted-public/ I would just like to list a couple of great things: -I am living with a wonderful host family: a sassy older woman that reminds me of my own grandmother, and her daughter. -I … Continue reading First Impressions Have Always Been Important!
I read this quote once from Saint Augustine that I love: "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." Saint Augustine of Hippo couldn't have said it any better. I feel like I am already ‘reading’ the chapter of Madrid and I have only been here for 2 … Continue reading Madrid: History, Culture and Food
https://www.flickr.com/photos/110729887@N06/33984427814/in/dateposted-public/ I leave in one day. Wow. As I wrote that, I got that nervous feeling in my stomach. You know, that feeling you get where you’re super excited but your stomach ties in a knot. Today is my last day at home for the next month and a half. Tomorrow I will fly from … Continue reading I over-packed…again.
Sometimes life throws some pretty big curveballs at us. We don’t expect some things to happen the way they do, but ultimately these unexpected things can lead to something amazing. This year of college threw a lot of curveballs my way, but it led to Alicante: my something amazing. My name is Allie Jackson and … Continue reading I Have an Intense Case of Wanderlust