Having just returned from a (cold) summer in Alaska, I am more ready than ever to go to Spain. While it will be the most challenging experience of my life so far, I know that I am ready for it, even though my favorite phrases will be "lo siento”, “repita, por favor,” and “mas despacio”. A crash course in the language a week before arrival consisting of podcasts, music, and noticias can only do so much. But if it were easy it wouldn’t be worth doing. This has been a long time coming, so bring it on.