Spaniards never truly say goodbye. Every time they part, they always use this phrase “Hasta Luego.” Loosely translated, “hasta luego” means “until then.” This phrase is used between people you’ll see daily and people you’ll probably never see again.
If nothing else, Spain has taught me that there is no such thing as “good-bye.” There’s always a hope for a future. For most of this semester, I did things as if they were the last time I could do them. I traveled so much because I didn’t know if I’d ever come back to Europe. I filled my weekends to the maximum, because I didn’t know when I’d see them in the future. I did so many things this semester with the question of “Well if not now, then when?”
However, the beautiful part of Spain is that the answer to “when” is “until then.” Maybe I’ll return to Europe in the future. Maybe I’ll come back to Spain. There are so many ‘maybes’ that I just can’t know right now.
I never thought I would see Ana, the student I hosted in high school, again in my life. And yet, just like ‘hasta luego,’ fate would have it that there was a future reunion. You never know who will come in your life and who will fade away.
So this is it for my semester in Spain. Today, I am on a plane without knowing if I’ll ever return. But I’m not going to say good-bye. Instead, I leave with the taste of these two words on my lips. “Hasta luego, Spain.”