Voy a mudarme a Madrid!

8 May

Yesterday was a pretty big day – I’d venture to say it was even “G.” I’m realizing now that I named this blog about a year ago (wow) while I was interning with TBWA\Chiat\Day’s Gatorade team. Seems a little dorky now, but until I get struck by some stroke of genius, it’s going to stay.

May 7th began with me turning in my very last paper of college! It was a 13-page research proposal on whether or not there are measurable differences between bilingual and monolingual Spaniards on rates of independence vs. interdependence. Later this Spain theme would resurface.

Then, I met up with two of my good friends, Krisse and Amanda, to check an item off my ever-dwindling bucket list. The task? Go to the top of the campanile. The view was epic:

I headed back to AXO and went on a hike with another good friend – Amy, this time, and we decided to walk the entire fire trail over looking Berkeley. I’d been to the peak before, but normally had just turned around and came back the same way. Bucket list item number 2 for the day: check!

In-between these events – I got some good news from the Spanish consulate! I’ll be heading to Madrid in September to be a Language (and Culture) Assistant for the academic year there. I am already excited about exploring Europe, welcoming visitors, and just racking up some more good stories while I’m there. 3 other AXOs will be there (Devan and Meg will be Language Assistants in Lyon, France and Amy will be studying at Oxford). I’m excited about re-entering Spanish culture and improving my language skills. I could literally go on and on, and it has been really nice receiving so many encouraging words and congratulations this week!

One photo from my very brief (and luggage-less) stint in Madrid, January 2009, at the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen):

Yesterday afternoon involved some low-key celebrating at the very last Beat the Clock for me, ever (well probably not ever, but you get the idea).


After that, the AXOs and I headed back up to the house for an Alumni dinner which was really fun – we heard stories from alumns and actives about funny memories. My favorite bit was from Liz Smith (mid-1980s) who said that you could always spot an Alpha Chi holding two things: a book and a beer.

One week left of college. Two finals. Let’s go.

4 Responses to “Voy a mudarme a Madrid!”

  1. Amy May 9, 2010 at 12:30 am #

    Gillian. If yesterday didn't count as "G", will any day ever count as G? Your wedding day? The birth of your firstborn? The point being…I'd say yesterday was def to the max "G". Congrats again!!!!

  2. Gillian May 9, 2010 at 2:51 am #

    Hahahaha – it definitely was "g" – I just think that expression is so dorky, i'm embarrassed to actually use it!Thanks so much! xo

  3. Steve May 10, 2010 at 12:39 am #

    Hey, I didn't realize some of your fellow AXO-ers will also be in the neighborhood (well, relatively speaking) next school year. Lyon probably isn't that hard to get to by bullet train.

  4. Gillian May 10, 2010 at 3:35 am #

    Exactly! And Lyon has an airport so there will undoubtedly be cheap flights!

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