One's destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things. -Henry Miller

The Special Thing About Spain

I walk home from work (approximately one hour) Tuesday-Thursday. I thoroughly enjoy these walks because I get to reflect upon my day at work, and compare and contrast my American life and my Spanish life. Obviously, there are wonderful things and not-to-so-wonderful things about both countries. The one thing that I have decided that is remarkable about Spain is the sense of community here.

Ok, I know it's a TV show about a community college. But regardless, it involves the word "community" and I wanted an image.

Some examples:

My roommates treat me like family. They share everything with me. We eat every meal together.  The teachers at my school invite me for tapas, to their houses, to their hometowns for the weekend…they give me phone numbers of young people to be friends with. A couple of weeks ago, the bank took a little bit of time processing my first paycheck and my boss offered to give me money if I needed it to pay my rent. Do you know many people that would offer you 200 euro after knowing them for only 2 months? I met my good friend, Marta, on the bus when she overheard that I had just moved here and she asked me if I wanted to be friends.

I feel so lucky to have come in contact with so many generous and kind human beings. It’s made my time in Spain extra special, and made me slightly less sad now that Thanksgiving is approaching and I obviously won’t be home for that.

Sending some love to everyone in America.

Besos! xo


4 responses

  1. Your blog is so good! I admire your persistence. Lend me a little inspiration while you’re at it, please : )

    November 16, 2010 at 7:01 pm

  2. Rachelle

    Annie that is so great to hear! I’m happy you’re learning and growing in such a great environment. You should totally make all your new friends/family an awesome thanksgiving dinner even though they don’t celebrate it in Spain… show them a little bit of America!

    November 18, 2010 at 3:37 am

    • Annie Blewett

      Thanks Rach! 🙂 I miss youuu! Golden Girls marathon when I return to the States? I think yes.

      November 18, 2010 at 11:54 am

  3. Annie! I really love this post. I’m happy that you’ve met some wonderful people and that you are really enjoying yourself. 🙂
    If I find a website to watch the Macy’s Day Parade I’ll send it your way 😉

    November 20, 2010 at 11:09 pm

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