In the aftermath of writing about 6 months here, I have given some more thought to how much my life has changed in such a short amount of time, relatively speaking of course. Below are the top 10 ways my life is different in Spain vs. in America, in no particular order.
1. I do not work even close to the 40 hour work week I used to work and let me tell, I love it. What’s there not to love?! The flexibility and the time I have during the day are two things I have never taken for granted.
2. I rarely go to sleep before midnight. In SF, I rarely went to sleep after 11pm! In other words, I went from a grandma to more of a night owl.
3. Instead of eating dinner between 6pm-7pm, I generally eat between 9pm-10pm here. I didn’t think I could do it, but low and behold, I did.
4. In SF, all my friends were American. Here, I have friends from England, France, Ireland, Spain, Australia and of course, my country tis a dee. It’s interesting all ya learn from such an international influence.
5. Shopping for designer clothes at boutique stores and paying way too much for a pair of jeans is a thing of the past. Finding nice, but more reasonably priced clothes are a thing of the now.
6. As Meemers referenced, my living quarters are quite different. No more big terrace, big apartment and big room. I now have a tiny, single bed in a room with no window, but more so, in a room so small I can practically, with my 5’3″ self, touch from wall to wall. Ok, an exaggeration, but it’s small!
7. I used to regularly watch American Idol, Grey’s Anatomy and other shows on the television. I have weaned myself off TV and went from a few times a week to now zero times. I do watch what I can on the computer though, but really, I don’t even miss it. Ok, maybe a little.
8. When I woke up in the morning in San Francisco, I definitely didn’t say “hola” like I do here and then continue speaking Spanish the rest of the day. Point to Barcelona, for sure!
9. My roomie in San Francisco, Mike, loved soccer, and bought a soccer station on TV. I had no interest in watching anything, but now, being a big Barca fan has changed my outlook on the sport. Is it Barca or Messi? 🙂 Probably the latter.
10. I walk everywhere here, and even at times, 3 hours a day (spread out of course). If not, then I take the metro, but in San Francisco, I had about 3 cab companies in my phone and usually only walked along Chestnut or Union.
I’m not sure I actually look much different than San Francisco Hoolia, but here is a before and after the move. The changes are definitely more in how I have adapted to this culture and wait for it….growing as a person on the inside. Awww…