Was it really 4 weeks ago people were getting off the plane, groggy with puffy eyes and wondering what they had gotten into? It seems not long ago that you were being whisked away by your host parents and being forced to eat a giant lunch before coming back to meet me for a tour of this wonderful city called Segovia. The time has really flown but hopefully the experience has been a positive one and something that will be reflected upon for years to come. So now everyone is either home safe and sound or traveling on their own and I am being honest when I tell you that Segovia just isn’t the same without any of you here. It is a very strange feeling to walk along the streets and realize that there is no chance of me bumping into people at Cien Montaditos, although I really stopped going there about 2 weeks ago.
It was great getting to know all of you and to hear about your interactions with the locals and a culture unlike your own. Thinking about the slideshow I did at dinner, I hope you realize that you really did do a lot! You shared something unique with the group and at the end of the day this experience is yours alone and no one can take that away from you. You will always be able to look back at the summer of 2017 and say, “Oh yeah. I lived in Spain that summer.”
Study Abroad programs are really great experiences because although they all have many similarities, everyone gets something different out of it that is very personal and unique for them. It is also something that no one can ever take away from you. Your host families were not lying when they said you will always have a place in Segovia. You all have a lot to offer and let me thank each of you individually for everything you contributed to the program.
Until then, I will leave you with a famous Spanish saying:
"Os espero salud, amor, pesetas y el tiempo para gozarlos."
In English: "I wish you health, love, money, and the time to enjoy them."
Hasta luego or as the Segovians say, “Luego.” Or is it really just an unintelligible mumbling of vowels? The world may never know.
In any case, thank you for Sancho Panza and Don Quixote.