Published: June 21st 2012June 21st 2012
Thoughts to Jot:
I leave tomorrow morning and can hardly believe it...I am a mixture of a bit of sadness, a bit of peace and a lot of gratitude for all that is behind me and all that is ahead of me. A thousand thank you’s for reading this blog. It kept me buoyant in challenging times to know I have so many who are cheering me on as I continue to find my way in this life...Thank you for your kind, funny and encouraging words along the way.
I decided to do my Top 5’s for each category as my parting blog. Hope you enjoy and can't wait to see each of you soon!
DRUM ROLL PLEASE.... Sentiments: How very much I will miss.. 1.
Rarely having any idea of the date or time. I found myself constantly asking people around me what day it was or realizing that I hadn’t the slightest idea what hour it was. I’ve never had this gift before! 2.
The old Spanish men. Really don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so precious. I will miss seeing them gathered together on benches or in cafes, wearing their boinas (hats)
and holding their bastones (walking sticks). 3.
Being called “nina” in that precious way whenever I helped an older Spaniard. That word is so dear to me now. 4.
Experiencing living in a foreign country and all the craziness that comes with it! 5.
The language. I have LOVED being immersed in Spanish, hearing it all around me, and speaking it all the time. Something of the Ridiculous: How very much I will NOT miss... 1.
The confused, deer in the headlights look on my face every time I have absolutely NO idea what someone is saying to me. And following that up with the typical nod I give as if to demonstrate that I do understand, when it’s painfully obvious that I don’t. 2.
Luke warm milk and meats-really have never been able to adjust to this European way of things.... 3.
What I now jokingly refer to as “Espana-” the small belly I have grown since taking on the local Spanish diet. 4.
Which leads me to: Every single food group being served fried or doused in olive oil. 5.
The Spanish gods Futbol
. It’s impossible to
be out of the eye of either of these gods-even in the smallest of pueblos, their presence and importance is known. I am very happy to say Adieu to you! Newish Words for the Day: My favorites... 1.
Disfruta: To enjoy-something I learned well how to do in Spain. 2.
Nina: A most precious nickname 3.
Vale: The California equivalent of “like” or “ok.” Almost every phrase or comment in the Spanish language here begins or ends with “Vale.” 4.
Majo/a: Someone who is very kind. 5.
Guapa!: What all the gross men shout at you as you walk down the street. Questions: Answers welcome... 1.
How long can I drag out this wonderful lifestyle of doing nothing all day?! 2.
Will I be able to lose belly Espana or is this my 34th birthday gift...a reminder that I am definitely no longer in my 20’s... 3.
How long after I’ve touched down in California before I am aching to be back on a plane somewhere again? 4.
Spanish language-will I succeed in keeping you? 5.
Where o where is this thirty something year old going to land
next? Keep your fingers crossed-at some point I will need employment! On Today's Menu: Creators of Belly Espana... 1.
Gummy candies at my beck and call! Literally every 5 feet you walk in Spanish cities, there is a small little store with gummy candy just waiting to be devoured! 2.
Date and Bacon Empanada: Yes-they finally got me to submit and love a ham product. Everyone keeps telling me I can learn to make it at home, but there’s no way it’s going to taste as good as it is here! 3.
Zumo Naranja: Orange juice here is always freshly squeezed-whether it’s served on the streets, in a cafe or a restaurant. 4.
Hornazo: Not because I liked it, but because it was around every single corner in my day to day life in Salamanca and it’s forever a reminder of my time there! 5.
The Best Sugar Doughnut in the World: I will credit Madrid for one thing-this doughnut. I have never had anything like it and I ate one just about every day in my last week in Madrid. Note to Self: Lessons learned, things realized... 1.
Yes! You can travel internationally alone. 2.
California really is one of best places on Earth! I came to Spain to see if I would want/be able to live in Europe long term. I certainly can, but at the end of the day I love my life in California more. Who knew! 3.
Flexibility is within my realm of capacity! I can adapt and be fine on my own. Being away from family and friends was tough that first month, but it was awesome to see myself adjust and to realize I could happily live abroad if that’s what I want. 4.
Nina I am. I still have so much more maturing and growing up to do. This whole experience certainly opened my eyes to that! 5.
It is like they say-it’s all meant to be an adventure. I left my job of over 5 years, passed my licensing exam two days before flying out here, and accomplished another one of my life’s goals. Cheers to chasing down your dreams!