Studying abroad is an adventure. You’re put into a new country with new customs and a completely different culture. This can be overwhelming and on many occasions cause you to think that you just wont be able to get through it. But one thing I have learned since I’ve been here is to enjoy the little things all around you. Sometimes we focus so much on all of our worries that we forget to see that we’re still breathing, the sky hasn’t fallen, and that life is still good. The best way I have been able to ground myself in reality and not the world of worry is by looking at the beautiful things in life. For instance, one of my favorite things when I first got to Seville, Spain was the orange trees. It was so fascinating how you can see an orange tree on every street and every corner. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the down town area or a small neighborhood. I soon fell in love with these trees and anytime I had a bad day I would look to the trees as a reminder that something is still going well. I found this to be just as helpful when I’m traveling as well. We all know that sometimes vacations can be just as stressful as everyday life and during those times its good to find that thing that reminds you to relax and not complain about every little thing. For me that is the sunset. When I went to a near by city called Cadiz during the time of the carnival I had the opportunity to sit on the beach and watch the sunset. This is probably one of my favorite things that I’ve done since I’ve been in Spain simply because I didn’t have to plan anything, pay money, or even worry about how it was all going to work out. I just had to sit and watch the sun do its thing. Since then, I always try to remind myself that it’s important to look at the little things in life not only to keep me grounded, but because the little things are often times the most beautiful things you’ll ever encounter!