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

Dear Readers,

Sorry my blog has sucked this past month. I know, it really has sucked. There were fewer pictures, and fewer anecdotes. I’d like to insert my fabulous excuse (here), however, I really don’t have one. I’ve been traveling less, and saving (well, trying to, but mostly failing) more. I’ve been sick. But mostly, I’ve had a rather boring existence this month.

Last weekend was a holiday weekend in my area of Spain (no work Monday and Tuesday). I had lofty plans in mind…The Canaries? A beach house? Malta? But none were able to come to fruition, which is probably best for me and my budget with so many trips planned in April, May and June (Eastern Europe, Gibraltar, Portugal, Greece).

I did have this little moment of clarity about it all though…I’m living in Spain. I live here.  When you live somewhere, you don’t typically travel every weekend. And not every weekend is special. I can come back to Europe anytime to visit a couple of places that are still on my to-do list (granted, it might be more expensive…) but I can’t move back to this time in my life, with these people, in this apartment, in this part of Spain. This is a once-in-a-lifetime stint.

Some fun things that have happened in February, as a consequence of being around Andalusia:

  • Attending a birthday party in a huge house in the most beautiful neighborhood in Granada featuring flamenco guitar and other miscellaneous instruments.
  • An overnight trip to my favorite city in Andalusia, Sevilla (insert love music here) with some friends. It’s SO magical!
  • A day trip to Antequerra (a little town about 1.5 hours away by bus) with a friend.

  • Celebrating Dia de Andalusia at school with my students! There were oranges and ham and bread and chocolate (specialties of Andalusia) at snack time, and lots of fun games during the afternoon. They all did little presentations about the different provinces of the area, and the rivers. They made flags and buttons (they made me one too!).

My button on my bulletin board. I'm Andalusian! 🙂

  • Lots of sunshine and freckle collecting in my favorite park. It’s been amazing weather!
  • Random rendezvous with lots of wonderful people from various EU countries.

  • Catching up on reading, sleeping, and skyping.

So really, I can’t complain. I may not be somewhere exotic right now, but I’m still living the dream, and securing my place as a Granadina.

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3 responses

  1. The only complaint I have about your blog as of late is that it hasn’t featured me enough.

    Just kidding, obviously.

    It gets difficult to keep writing about the life you’re living while you’re living the life you’re supposed to be writing about.

    You’re still great.

    March 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm

  2. I’ve come to realize the same thing. I’m living and studying here and I can’t always take a vacation. There are new students from the UMD program that are up and traveling around Europe every weekend and I partly envy them, but it just reminds me how I started here in Nice. Now I’m learning to appreciate more and more my city of Nice and then little places I love here, that I won’t get to experience when I don’t live here anymore.

    We will both definitely be back to take grand vacations all over Europe in another year or so. I have no doubt about that!

    March 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm

  3. Ugh I’m so jelly. I can’t believe you went to an amazing house party and I wasn’t invited. This is just like High School all over again. Live it up, baby! Because seriously, no, you’re not missing anything over here. Stay there! I’ll come visit!

    March 9, 2011 at 7:10 pm

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