March madness! Regardless of basketball that is how I would describe my life right now. Everything is happening so quickly and the end of the year draws closer and closer. What a fun semester it has been so far. I just returned from spring break. This year a few of my close friends and I planned a trip to Barcelona, Spain. My travel buddy phrased it perfectly, “I’ve never been in a city with a heartbeat before.” It was phenomenal. We visited la Sagrada Familia, Montserrat, and saw the Barcelona versus PSG soccer game. La Sagrada Familia was one of the most impressive cathedrals I have ever seen, and it is still in the process of being built! By the time it is finished it will have been worked on for over 160 years. I could have stared at its intricacies for days and not seen it all. Montserrat is a monastery/convent up in the mountains right outside of Barcelona. You have to take a long winding road to get up to the top and from it you see the most beautiful views. We heard the boys’ school choir sing inside the cathedral. They are known around the world for their voices. The architecture, history, and beauty behind Montserrat took my breath away.
The Barcelona versus PSG soccer game is hard to put into words. Barcelona needed to beat PSG by five goals in order to advance within the league. No one thought they could pull it off. They scored the sixth goal in the last two minutes, and I have never in my life seen fans with such love of the sport and team. The whole city was on fire. Fans cheered the whole hour and a half walk back to the house we stayed at. Horns blared to a Barcelona chant throughout the streets. I knew at the end of that game that I had just witnessed a great moment in soccer history, and while amazed I felt unworthy of being able to be at that game when there are such huge, dedicated Barcelona fans out there. Still, what an awesome experience.
Anyway, back at the Coast Guard Academy the seniors have their billets for next year, the sophomores have their cadre sections, and now we are waiting on our summer assignments. I can’t wait to see where I’ll be headed next. School is busy but not too overwhelming right now, and I feel like I have finally got a manageable schedule. I cannot believe that I am almost into my senior year here. I still feel like a freshman occasionally, but I am ready to take on the leadership role next fall and really figure out what I want to do when I graduate and where I want to go.
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