Importance Of My Trip To Spain

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I woke up that Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m. I was just too excited. My flight did not leave until the middle of the afternoon. I had not been out of the country for twelve years, so I was eager to get the first stamp in my new passport. I had always loved learning about Spanish culture since high school and especially enjoyed my Culture and Civilization of Spain class I took at Towson. As the trip approached, I started having fears that I was loving Spain too much before I even went and was afraid that Spain would not meet my expectations of what I thought it was like. Spain was not like anything I expected; however, it ended up exceeding my expectations. My trip started with a month in Madrid and concluded with two weeks in Alicante. My first…show more content…
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