On the whole I had a very good internship experience. During my feedback meeting with the CFO of the company I expressed that the only improvement I would have liked to see was for my internship to do more with the finance and accounting section of a company. Nevertheless, the projects I was offered and kept up with were still extremely interesting and rewarding. I would tell future interns to always remain on their toes in order to accept new material as quickly and swiftly as possible.
My summer is more or less over. I’ve met some amazing people and I’ve eaten some great food. Nothing more could have made this summer more wonderful. It’s been quite the journey, but this is my final post. I’ll reflect on my time abroad how I’m adjusting to life back in the States.
The sun slowly peeked its head above the horizon and kissed the periwinkle sky, inspiring it to blush pink and orange. I drank in the crisp air as I listened to birds chirping to fill in the silence and greet the morning. My eyes traced a quote carved into the ground: “I have conversed with the spiritual sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill.” This seems like a romantic scene, and in a lot of ways it is. Living in London is like falling in love, which makes saying goodbye all the more heartbreaking.
Hola! This last weekend we hopped on a flight to Barcelona! After wandering around La Rambla—a popular market street—and getting some tapas, we went to Casa Batllo, a house built by Gaudi, a famous architect. The beautiful structure was splashed with colorful tiles, which surrounded wavy balconies. Behind the house was a gorgeous courtyard with a large tile mosaic. The inside was surreal with its arches, woodwork, and interesting touches. From the rooftop you could look out onto Barcelona while resting against carefully placed tiles.
One of the many things I have come to love about Belize is that you never quite know what will happen in a day. There will always be an air of mystery to your plans and the element of surprise always seems to make an appearance. Sunday ended up being a particularly interesting day even though originally I had nothing planned. The entire house was woken up at 6am due to the power going out and all of the fans shutting off; it made a big difference. With the power out we got hot and antsy. Then, to top things off, the water went out.
I have had a crazy final week here in Belize.
Monday and Tuesday we watched movies with the youth in the centre between lessons. One was a documentary on WW2 and the other was a cartoon called the Croods. We wanted to enjoy time with the kids who have worked so hard. Wednesday I went to Caracol with a group of other interns. It is an amazing ruin and we had the place to ourselves! On our way there we stopped to see the 1600 foot falls and by the time we got to the ruin it was well after all the tours had left. It was awesome.
Whew! It’s been pretty peaceful lately and I’ve really needed this downtime. Even though it’s our last week and the last chance to go out in Madrid, I’m grateful for the change of pace. I’m officially done going into the office, most of my projects are done, and I’ve said goodbye to most of my coworkers. I’m mainly keeping in contact with some of the English-speaking clients because it’s easier for me to do once a week.
The project donation is something you really don’t hear about until you arrive on site. A portion of what you pay to come on the trip goes towards the project you are working for and depends on how many weeks you spend with them. The cool part about the project donation is that you get a say in where it goes within the organization. Most organizations give the intern a list of where they would like the money to go and the intern chooses from the list. The idea is that the project knows best and therefore they get the final say.
As I said before, I went to Barcelona last week! It was all fairly normal and, in reality, it was a pretty calm weekend. I just hung out with some friends and went to a couple pubs. I even found a pub that serves you popcorn when you order a drink, which was probably the greatest thing that I have ever seen, hands down. I also got to catch up on some sleep, which is quite a rarity in Barcelona.