It is true, I’m officially at the 5 month marker on my journey halfway across the world. And while not a whole lot has changed from month 4, month 5 brought some noteworthy events that of course I would like to share.
1. One relation visit and one non-relation visit. S squared traveled thousands of miles to come see me and I still think back to the visit and smile. Equally, Meemers visited me and was the official first guest contributor to The Hoolia Blog (any other takers?!) with two great posts, the first one noted here. I love having visitors and while it was hard to see the visitors go, and a bit of homesickness followed each time, it’s great to have such special people in my life. And I am now well stocked with smores granola bars, woo hoo!
2. Home is where the heart is, or is it? To my last point about the feeling I get when visitors leave, my true home is in San Francisco, but Barcelona really feels like a home as well, more so than ever. My heart is now split, with half in Cali and half in Spain. While both my feet are actually here now, instead of one foot out the door, my heart is divided. Interesting.
3. I have built up a great teaching schedule. I now have 16 hours of teaching, though no security in the hours which is a bit worrisome (remember the whole non EU thing 🙂 ). However, at this exact moment, I can’t complain that on Fridays, I end at 9 a.m. and on Mondays, I don’t start until 5:30 p.m. 4-day weekends have taken on new meaning!
4. In the month 3 recap, I wrote about some of the great people who I have met here, from all over the globe. In only two months, that list has grown and I feel fortunate to have met equally as fantastic people. Jamie, Jessie, Jos, Alberto, Jared and Enric are all very fun people to hang out with and I’m glad I met them all. And through them, as well as the others, I have a better understanding of Barcelona nightlife, skiing, futbol and the ever-so-awesome menu del dias!
5. Another trip to the ski slopes! And with that trip came yet another stop over in France and a new country, Andorra. Thanks to my trusty helmet, I enjoyed skiing a lot more the second time and while I still wasn’t close to Picabo Street, I think I held my own in my own little way.
6. I have become a jamon addict and regularly buy jamon serrano, jamon iberico and jamon pizza. I also have made a dent in Barcelona’s supply of Coca Cola Zero, Cheerios and pasta.
So with that (and a few pics below), I better get going and see what month 6 has in store. I can imagine some pretty good things, though I’m unfortunately plagued with my first nasty cold of my move! Subsequently, I sound like a man, so until it passes, I guess HooliO is more appropriate (hehe).