It has been officially five months since I moved to Madrid. In that time, I have been living through Spanish history: the unusual weather (sometimes I wonder if I am actually in London with all the rain), the ousting of the Prime Minister and shift to a Socialist leadership, and the ongoing metro strikes (got to love waiting for 10 minutes to get onto an overcrowded, hot, and sweaty metro). Needless to say, there is never a dull moment living abroad, internally and externally.
Finally, I feel settled in and accustomed to my ever-changing schedule. Thankfully, I have learned to go with the flow and adjust to the constant flux. Not so surprisingly, my schedule will completely change yet again after June due to the end of the semester and a vacated city, a result of vacations and the intense summer heat. Most TEFL teachers in Spain find work at the various summer camps for children throughout the county, but the horror stories I have heard deterred me from having any interest. Fortunately, some of my classes do continue through July, I have picked up another private class, and I will look for other work. Additionally, I am hoping to start taking semi-intensive Spanish classes again. But honestly, my main focus this summer is to travel as much as possible to take advantage of living in Europe. I am happy to report that one of my summer Euro trips is already booked! At the end of July, I will fly into Prague, where I will meet my friend and two of his friends from the States. We will explore Prague and Brno in Czech Republic, hop on a train to Vienna, Austria, and finish the trip in Budapest, Hungary. I am beyond excited to go on yet another adventure of a lifetime!
As some of you know, my golden and 30th birthday is coming up at the end of August. It has been my dream to celebrate in Croatia. My plans have been constantly changing (I think Spain has been rubbing off on me) for this trip and it appears that it will be more expensive than originally thought. Regardless, I am going to make this dream come true and I cannot wait to explore the country that has been very integral to my life.
As it has been over a month since I have traveled anywhere, I am itching to get out of the city. Thankfully, my friend and I booked a quick trip to Barcelona next weekend. Adventures await me!