And I’m back and I’m back with a “wow.” Wow, I have been living in Barcelona for 11 months. 11 months! Though 11 months of and within itself is exciting to me, the actual 11th month abroad wasn’t incredibly eventful, except for my family’s visit. Have I said enough “11’s?!” As you know, what will accompany this recap is some big news that I bring to you with a bit of a bittersweet tone.
1. I started my teaching schedule again in the middle of September and I have built a schedule of about 20 hours! For a teacher here, especially a private one who travels to offices and homes, that’s a full schedule. The hours will fluctuate here and there, but overall, it’s not too shabby, not too shabby at all. And the best part? Neus is back! She is no stranger to THB and undoubtedly she will get at least one more post.
2. My fam’s visit was great. We saw everything, from a Barca game to a flamenco/opera concert to the Gaudi houses to parks and markets and more. We indeed made the most of our 6 days together, even fitting in daily siestas, true Spanish style. We ate, then ate some more, walked and walked some more and absorbed all there was to absorb. They are all back in the US safe and sound.
3. In August, I celebrated the Gracia festival. In my 11th month, I celebrated the Merce Festival, which is Barcelona’s annual party. People who were dressed as devils ran with fire, humans made towers that were at times 9 stories high, there were concert stages set up throughout the downtown area and there were parades, lots of parades. It was definitely not anything anyone would see in the US, that’s for sure!
And now, for the news…at the end of October, my one year anniversary in Barcelona, THB will officially be retiring 😦 I have enjoyed sharing my experiences, talking about my observations and documenting my life here. But, I think all good things must come to an end and the time feels right to turn the light out on the blog. It will certainly be strange to not log in every other day to write something, but I think I have captured what I have wanted to capture and shared what this experience has meant for me. Thanks to all that have followed the blog. It has meant a lot and hopefully my last posts will be going out with a bang!