It’s hard to believe that 3 months in Spain has already come and gone, but indeed, it has (well, almost). One friend said that after 90 days, Barcelona will start to feel more like a home, but at first, I found that hard to believe. Now, I’ll be darned, I was wrong! I know, it doesn’t happen very often, but when I am, gotta take the high road and admit it 🙂
So, in a nutshell, here is a recap of my experiences in this land I’m living:
1. I have lived in two places, with only international roommates (and one international dog). I really enjoy living in the neighborhood Gracia now and I plan to stay here for the remainder of my experience. Gracias, Gracia.
2. I have taken advantage of traveling as much as possible. England, Scotland, France and Spain in three months is pretty “chulo,” or cool as they say here. Visa permitting, I want to travel as much as I can, with the top choices being San Sebastian, Prague and Morocco. We’ll see how the cookie crumbles.
3. I have taught a lot of different classes, but have only gotten my feet wet into the teaching world. I’m still waiting for a class to absolutely bomb, because it’s not a matter of if it will, it’s a matter of when. It’s just part of the learning experience. If at first you don’t succeed, lift yourself up and try again as the song goes.
4. I have met a lot of interesting people and have had many interesting experiences with them. From Mark, Adam, Rohan, Jose, Jordi, David and Abi, Lisa, Mariella, Val, Lilli and more, I feel lucky to have met these people. Cheers mates!
5. I have improved my Spanish and I’m on the rise. My goal is to be VERY proficient by summertime. Lofty possibly, but if I keep the intercambios comin’, I will be a force to be reckoned with!
6. I have spent my first Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays away from home, my first new year’s in Europe and witnessed a historical president’s inauguration from afar. Que chulo (how cool)!
I guess I could go on and on about my experiences, but I did say I would write them in a nutshell, so I’ll leave it at the above. For the first couple months, I had one foot back home and one foot here. Now, I would say I have maybe a couple toes back home, but most of the foot is here, which is good. I’ll be interested to see how my experience continues to evolve, with the hope that I stay on this path!
Taking it all in photo…