A few months ago I decided to try my hand at bookbinding! I made two journals, one for each of my travels abroad this year. The first one was for my summer in Kyoto, Japan. I was extremely lucky to get the chance to continue my study of Japanese language in the U.S. Department of State's Critical Language Program. Not only did I have an amazing opportunity to substantially improve my proficiency in Japanese, I also got to experience an unforgettable summer in Japan, which I recorded in my special sketchbook. If you'd like to take a look inside the sketchbook, you can do so here.
Now that that sketchbook has been more or less filled with my first trip, my Spain sketchbook is up next! I can't wait for the semester to start in Madrid. Only three more weeks, and then I'll be in Spain for the next 9 months! I'm excited to start doing design projects again, not to mention actually living in Spain and getting my father tongue up to speed. Since my father is Spanish and my mother is American, I'm bilingual in English and Spanish, but I've never actually lived in a Spanish-speaking country, so my Spanish could use a little polishing. I figure that if I could survive two months speaking pretty much only Japanese, I can definitely handle a school year in Madrid using a language I've been speaking my whole life.
Well, I can hardly wait until I get to draw the first entry in my Spain sketchbook. And of course, who could not be excited about spending a year at an amazing design school in Spain getting to do all sorts of neat projects?