Farewell to the Familiar

I am spending the majority of summer 2018 in Spain to practice my Spanish and explore the Basque culture in northern Spain. But first, I am going to take a moment to share more from my travels between my home in Iowa and my home in Spain. 


The trees were in full bloom when I went to my hometown for a few days, and my dear friend Ellie arrived bearing gifts of scotcheroos (affectionately referred to as yum-yum bars in my family.)

I also had time to catch up with my Iowa State gals, Alaina (who was about to head to Europe as well), and Maddie (who had just returned from Europe herself.) It had been so long since I had really caught up with these amigos and it was so inspiring to chat with some friends equally passionate and enthusiastic about travel.

I also had to say bye to all my Des Moines buddies. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t going to greatly miss Des Moines, especially all my pals there.    

Des Moines → Chicago

My journey begins with the five and a half hour drive from Des Moines to a the St. Charles suburb in Chicago, where I stayed with my friend Will for a few nights before my flight from the states.

Our car-jam sesh included good tunes ranging from Beyonce to Michael Jackson, BROCKHAMPTON to The Black Keys. A little bit of everything, just the way it should be.

I ended up falling asleep for the last hour, as I only got two hours of sleep the night before when I stayed up until 5 a.m. working on a final assignment for my Media Planning class and had multiple senior photo sessions that same morning.

Will’s family was incredibly kind and welcoming during my stay, and even introduced me to the infamous Portillo’s, where I had the most delicious Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich. WOW.  I’m salivating at just the thought of that meal. Their cake shakes are amazing too.

May 20-21 | O’Hare to Detroit, Detroit to London

Next up, London!

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