Ann Marie’s niece Jenny has the wonderful chance (of a lifetime) to visit Spain for a little over a month. She is staying with a host family while she attends school there.
She has written some of her experiences in her blog. Reading her entries gives me such a good feeling. It is the feeling I so often get whenever I hear any young person excitedly telling about their experiences. I love to listen to them tell about their visit to a place they have never been to, when they saw something they never dreamed of before, or when they finally got to do something that they could only imagine in their wildest dreams.
To leave all that is comfortable and known and to go to a place that is totally foreign, where everything is unknown and you have to learn to survive, that is such a great educational experience! Jen is seeing things that will stay with her for the rest of her life. Her world is opening up to her, she is realizing that her present world is just a small piece of a huge world that exists just outside of her daily life.
I really envy her, to go across the globe, to live with people who don’t speak her language, to eat food that isn’t available at the local fast food joint or supermarket, to see art and architecture that has been on this Earth for centuries.
Ohh, it’s too bad that we all can’t experience these things. Even if we are stuck here in “Hometown, USA”, we can still see the world through others eyes.
Her blog is entitled Inolvidabe~Ciudad Real 2011
You can read about her trip at:
I hope you can get a little of the wonderful feeling I get as I read about her trip.
And lastly, if you ever get a chance to travel, even if it’s a few hours or miles away….jump at the opportunity!
St. Augustine said “The world is a book and those who don’t travel read only one page!”