Late-February, 2016: Transition Period

I am officially that person who would rather stay at home writing on a Saturday night than going out drinking porrones in the club.  I think I was always like this, but now I’m more content doing it knowing that I am really not missing anything by staying in and that I’m more productive, creative…

Saying Goodbye to Sara

Sara walked into H&M and into my life about three days into my first week here in Granada, those September moments that already feel like a lifetime ago.  She was calmly perusing the racks with a friend, and I remember being so struck by her; she is striking, about 5’9″ with deep-set brown eyes and high cheekbones and a cascade of gold-flecked…

Jade’s 2nd Law of Personal Growth

One year and one month ago — depressed, heartbroken, poor — I found myself walking through the gray and the cold of my home university during the first week of classes.  My mood matched the weather, and my thoughts were clouded by miserable recollections.  Two weeks later the sun was shining, and I was shining to match it….

Bouncing ideas off the Moon

I am on the road once again, destination:  Edinburgh. I always mean to go to sleep early before a trip, but always end up having way more to do than I thought.  I did manage to fit in a coffee with my dear Italian friend, and it was quite therapeutic to empathize with each other’s…

To Fail…To Fail?

I just want to go on record as having admitted that there are moments when I want to give up on this whole study abroad thing.  When I want to pack up my things, book my ticket home, and tell my landlady, “Sorry, keep the deposit, I can’t do this anymore.” I could go home and…

On Finding Determination from the In-Between Space of Lingual Limbo

This whole day, my fingers have been itching to write.  Maybe it’s because it’s been so long since I could express myself fully and eloquently in any language, or maybe because I simply have something to say. I was titillated by an article a friend posted today, titled Are We Different People in Different Languages?  My brain…

Week 4: An Overview of Settling In

Hola a todos, sorry for the long lag between posts! This is the understatement of the century, but, it has been more a little crazy settling in to Granada and my university classes.

Not quite sure how to explain it, this feeling of being suspended between 2-3 languages…

Gone to Granada!

I have been in Granada for exactly 77 hours now, which is absolute madness since it feels like at least a week already, in the best way possible.  Granada is just as beautiful as people said it would be, enchanting in its European/Middle Eastern mystique and yet very welcoming and accessible at the same time….

A Little Bit on Love and Leaving

Things are really flying now!  It is about 7:00 pm, two days before I leave.  In 48 hours, I will be boarding a plane to Madrid — whaaaaaat?! I can’t really explain in words what a rollercoaster these past few weeks have been; there has been so much going on.  My family has been incredibly busy in…

21 days to go…

I’m a little bit blown away that I have just three short weeks until I jet off to southern Spain to live for a year.  Whoa. There’s a lot on my mind.  Little details of course, like how many euros I should order in advance and the still-daunting list of things I need to show my work replacement…

The Point of All of This

Hey there!  My name is Jade, although I am currently going by my middle name, Keahi, which is more easily pronounced in Spanish.  I am a passionate traveler, language learner, student, and sister.  I love good wine, craft beer, delicious food, dancing in the moonlight, falling in love, and the genius of perfect lyrics. Why am…