One cool thing about being 6 hours ahead in Salamanca is that my birthday came 6 hours earlier. My friends and I hung out in La Plaza Mayor until the clock struck 12:03 am. They all began to sing to me and my family at home recognized the time difference and messaged to wish me a Happy Birthday as well.
A nearby band sat around at an outdoor cafe. My friend asked them to play “Cumpleaños Feliz” (Happy Birthday) for me. I have been in awe of the experiences on this program thus far, but having a whole band play for me in the plaza was one of the most memorable. It was a birthday spent like no other. My study abroad group surrounded me as I said “adios” (good-bye) to the teenage years and “hola” (hello) to traveling internationally.
When we woke up the next morning, it was still July 12th, so it was still my birthday. My professor took my classmates and I all out to dinner as part of a class get together/birthday dinner for me. Ice cream is my favorite dessert, or food in general, and the wait staff brought me a plate of ice cream for dessert that said “felicidades” (congratulations) across the top