I want to tell everyone how amazing Spain is and how much fun I’ve had so far. I really can’t explain the beauty I have seen in my short nine days out of the country. Nine days… that sounds crazy because this has been one of the longest weeks of my life. Yet somehow each day feels as if it goes by in the blink of an eye.
Adjusting- I am trying to remind myself that it will take some time for my body to fully adjust to the time difference and the lifestyle change. Truthfully, the whole process has been draining. I am so grateful for all of this, but I could also go for a five day nap. I never expected for my mind to become so exhausted from constantly trying to figure out and understand what is going on around me.
Being here has made me realize that I was on auto-pilot at home (WAAAY more often than not). That is awful and slightly terrifying if you think about it. I am sure I’m not the only one either. I never had to try to understand the conversations going on around me, or the signs in front of me. I am so excited to be learning Spanish by immersing myself into a new culture/language. To be honest- it is probably the most challenging thing I have ever done. I am only two days into my classes and I am so nervous that I will not pick it up fast enough. (Two days. *internal note to breathe and remind myself two days is not a long time* )
I will say that I have the tram system figured out, which is huge for me because public transportation is also like a foreign language (*small win??…=brownie points?*). I am able to speak enough Spanish to order myself a coffee at a near by café (+1 brownie point). I also have some great friends and roommates. My roommates have been BEYOND helpful with getting me familiarized with this city and everything else I need to know. So shoutout to Alicia, Chyann, and Arlette!
I truly am going to love it here. I am also positive that there will be challenges and obstacles.