Miguel de Cervantes, the Spanish author of Don Quixote, lived here in Valladolid for about 4 years.

In the novel, Don Quixote wants to change the world. With a strange vision on the world around him, he sets out on an adventure. He wants to right all the wrongs.
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Don Quixote in Benavente
While I can't relate to his strange vision on windmills looking like giant animals, I can relate a little bit to him wanting to make everything better.

This week has been one of the most difficult in my life.

I wish I could say I have been busy with traveling and enjoying my Spanish life. Instead, life has decided to throw me a couple of hardships.

No matter where you are, bad things can happen. The world doesn't stop turning because you are abroad.

After talking with friends and pushing through terrible times, I've realized...I only have two feet. I can only walk forward with what I've got and do the best with what challenges have come my way. It is impossible to make everything better, and some things are just out of your control. 
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Giving up is the easiest decision possible.

But losing faith, losing hope, and leaving the journey that I've begun here in Spain by giving up is something that I would regret. Even through the hardest times, you have to look forward.

I walk by the now museum, Casa de Cervantes, almost every day. The beauty of the museum and the garden next to it always strikes me. 

"He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all." -Cervantes
 


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blanca alonso
09/28/2011 5:26am

Soy la hermana de Julia de Peñafiel.
¿Qué ocurre para que te encuentres mal?¿te podemos ayudar?
Un beso
Blanca

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Me
09/28/2011 5:00pm

Hola Blanca,

Muchimas gracias para tu interes. Hay muchas cosas muy dificil que occuriendo con mi familia en los EEUU ahora y en el semana pasado. Porque es imposible para mi estar alli, me siento muy culpable que no puedo estar alli con ellos, especialmente mis hermanos....son jovenes y estamos muy cerca.

Pero, la vida es como una montaña rusa, creo. Y poco a poco por ahora es mi mantra. Solo tengo dos pies, no mas! :)

Nos vemos pronto en Peñafiel con Pedro y Juli? :)

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