Nine months in

With October almost over, I was expecting to have a full, “set” 25-hour schedule, continuing with Spanish classes, and travelling whenever I could. Of course, things never go as expected here. My schedule is still constantly changing from week to week and there are no Spanish classes available that coincide with my schedule.  But thankfully, I can always find time for travelling!

After a weekend full of rest, I recovered from the virus and was recharged and ready to take on my 17-hour work week and weekend trip.  Needless to say, the week flew by and early Friday morning, my friend and I travelled to the north of Spain to the beautiful, refreshing Basque Country.  Our trip began with a 5-hour train journey to the lively, riverside city of Bilbao. Once we were there, we had a delicious lunch at a restaurant owned by my sister and brother-in-law’s friends’ family.  Afterwards, we dropped off our luggage at our AirBnB and started exploring this vibrant city surrounded by green mountains. The north of Spain is known for its rainy and cold weather, but we lucked out with a warm and sunny day. We walked through the city, along the waterfront, and up the funicular for a gorgeous view of the sun setting over the city, river, and surrounding areas.  We ended the night with a dinner full of delicious pintxos and Basque wine. Early the next morning, we jumped on a bus to the picturesque coastal town of San Sebastian. We walked along the promenade that looked like a scene from the 50s admiring the beach and two mountains that opened up to the Bay of Biscay.  Again, we were very lucky with another warm and sunny day.  After grabbing breakfast, we hiked up Monte Urgell for breathtaking views of the bay, beach, town, and the beautiful blue mountains that faded into the distance. The rest of the day, we spent exploring the town including relaxing on the lawn of the Royal Family’s summer palace and watching the waves crash against the sculptures of The Comb of the Wind. After a full day of exploring, we took a BlaBlaCar back to Bilbao. Although our last day was a typical cold and rainy day, that didn’t stop us from enjoying the day. We had breakfast at a small café and wandered around the famous Guggenheim Museum admiring the wide array of art styles.  And with that, it was time to make the long journey back to Madrid.  The trip was truly an enjoyable one! Check out my photography here from my trip.

The week returning from the trip was a busy one! I finally had 25-hours of teaching; however, this week I only have 20 hours due to changes and cancellations in my schedule. I have come accustomed to the constant changes, but I do miss having a routine and a steady paycheck. I have learned that this is just one of the downsides of teaching abroad. What makes it all worth it is the travel and people I meet along the way.  I am anxiously waiting my next trip, wherever that may be!