Here is a thank you note I wrote my parents. I am not sure how i will ever read this to them without crying but as I am sitting here typing and reminiscing on my entire semester I am just so thankful words cannot describe…
Dear mom and dad,
As long as you have known me I have always had my mind made up. I am quite stubborn, very assertive, and pretty sassy to say the least. In most occasions my lack of uncertainty and my relentless determination to get my way has given me a strong sense of independence and will power throughout my life.
I am sitting here now in my living room of the apartment, Avinguda Josep Tarradellas 3, 3-2a, and I am recounting all the times where I was unsure, nervous, scared, happy, excited, shocked, mind blown, lost, sad, grateful, hungover, tired, and lastly blessed. These past four months have taught me more than I could have ever thought to expect.
I think I will forever be at a loss of the perfect words to say thank you. But I will try. Thank you for sending me early to Barcelona to a beautiful hotel with the most amazing showers. Thank you for watching youtube videos of the craziness of Ibiza and still sending me there. Thank you for sending me to Dublin, Ireland where I truly learned the beauty of a landscape and how easy it is to fall off a cliff. Thank you for sending me to Berlin, where I took a train to Munich, where I learned drinking hofbrahaus beers was more of a task in of itself, to only learn that trains are unreliable and missing a flight in the Berlin airport was actually terrible, yet needed experience. Thank you for sending me to daydream along the Southern French coast and pretend to fit in at the Monte Carlo Casino. Thank you for sending me to Amsterdam where I pedaled along the canals and even into the ever fearful red light district. Thank you for that really expensive concert ticket to see two of the worlds most renown DJ’s and become a youtube sensation. Thank you for the chilling and humbling experience of listening to a beautiful choir in the West minster Abbey in London. Thank you for sending me to the city of love, Paris, and eating the best crepe of my life and being enchanted by the walls of the Versailles Palace. Thank you for sending me to the motherland where I was able to eat the best food of my life and know I can still come home to my amazing Italian family food. Thank you for sending me to Switzerland where you told me not to skydive but as your stubborn, assertive, determined disobeying child that I am, jumped out of a moving plane over the Swiss Alps only for you. Most of all, thank you for my lifestyle in Barcelona. Thank you for letting this place become a home to me. Thank you for putting a large and annoying time difference between us to let this paradise become a reality for me. Thank you for appreciating my sense of adventure (and funding it) Thank you for still loving me with all that I put you through. There is no possible way for me to repay you for all the memories I have made, all the people I have met, all the places I have seen, and all the things I have done. You have let me live in a dream with my most favorite people and have been more generous beyond words can describe.
But on top of everything I just listed to be ever grateful for, I know I am forever grateful to be blessed with parents who did this for me. You have given me something so precious that I hope one day I can give back to you. Maybe I should say thank you one more time……
THANK YOU FOREVER!!!! xoxxo, lulubelle