I have been in Barcelona now for 6 months!! That’s right, one half of a year, half a dozen months, seis meses…As I sit here thinking about what to say, the cat’s got my tongue because it’s hard to sum up 6 months abroad. And while I can follow the pattern I have been doing with my other month milestones and write about highlights from the month, I think it’s more fitting to think wholistically on this one 🙂 Or maybe do both!
Overall, I have really enjoyed my time here. I have made some amazing friends, I have traveled to some great places, I have found good work teaching English, I have absorbed the culture, I have improved my Spanish and so much more. While all experiences in general do not tend to be hunky-dory 100% of the time, the bad with the good for me has added to the potency of it all. I miss my family and friends, but thanks to Skype and other easy ways to keep in touch, I have been able to stay up-to-date quite well. And thanks to the same things (and of course THB), my loved ones have truly been part of my journey.
I’m not exactly sure when my journey will come to an end, but in a bittersweet way, I can’t help but feel I am now entering the second half of it. We shall see.
From month 5 to month 6…
1. I went to France (again, hehe). Enric and I had a fun road trip and many memories stemmed from our time in Carcassonne and Toulousse. Though the trip was cut short because of bad weather, I’m glad I was able to get a glimpse of those two cities/towns and come back having seen new places. I also took a day trip to Sitges for Rohan’s birthday, which was super fun.
2. Lex came to visit and of course, it was great to show another friend from home my world here. It’s quite different from my life in SF, which Lex observed, so it was interesting to hear her observations.
3. My Spanish is getting worse! Yes, you read that right and I’m not happy about it. Between speaking English all week for work and then conversing in English with all my friends, I am not practicting nearly as much as I want. I have to get back on the intercambio boat and also look for an intensive Spanish course I can take. If I don’t, I think I should earn an award for the person who has studied Spanish the longest and who has yet to become fluent.
4. Summer is on the mind of everyone lately and therefore, everyone is talking about vacations. And so am I! I have plans to go to San Sebastian and The French Riviera in May, but the big trip in the planning stages now is the Greek Isles for August. I would also love to go to Menorca and up the Costa Brava too, but we will see who is interested in going where.
5. I battled my first real sickness abroad and lived to tell about it. I was really down and out for about 1.5 weeks, but as expected, I fully recovered. It was definitely an experience to be so sick and so far from anyone who could really help take care of me.
And alas, that is it for now. Let the good times continue to roll!