It has been almost 2 months since my crazy Spanish adventure ended and I’m not quite sure yet how I feel about the whole thing. A part of me keeps wondering if it happened at all. Back home in sunny South Africa (Cape Town to be more specific) I’m busy sending out my CV to loads of exciting job prospects (naturally full of boast about my international internship scholarship … ooh, fancy!) and the eclectic, ever-buzzing city of Barcelona seems a distant yet definite buzz in the background. Actually – it feels like I’ve awoken from one of the deepest, most amazing afternoon naps, having dreamt of a faraway place that is both magical and challenging. On occasion find myself responding to someone in Spanish, or ordering a café con leche (coffee with milk), or even greeting someone in Portuguese and I just chuckle like a madman and make as if it’s the most normal thing on earth.
In my four month journey in Europe I was lucky enough to visit four countries: Portugal, Spain, Andorra (yes, it’s a country…) and Holland. And that was the most amazing aspect of the Adelante scholarship: the fact that I could visit four countries in one go. I literally hopped from graffiti-filled crinkle-cut streets in Lisbon to a buzzing ants nest in Barcelona to a cheesy, snowy and very Dutch Amsterdam.
Apart from that, I now have a very extensive photographic and writing portfolio. I have literally seen the inside of almost every social hot spot in Barcelona – from quaint little coffee shops to crazy drag bars to sports loving beer gardens. Yep, I’ve seen it all…
Sara – I am ever grateful for your kindness and patience with me over the three months I interned at PartyEarth. You have pushed me, challenged me and ultimately helped me become a better writer, and, more importantly helped me face some of my fears. Thanks to you I have experienced some of my best nights in Barcelona and met some of the craziest, coolest people. Thank you.
Kimberly, Ellie, Joanna and Alicia from Adelante – a thousand and more thank you’s for choosing my application for the Adelante internship scholarship. I don’t think you will ever realize the extent of how much this opportunity meant to me. Thanks to you I was able to see the world and go on a much needed journey of self-exploration. Thank you for your constant support and advice during the internship and especially your keen interest in my progress.
Ernst Brocker, South Africa