Another Month Down!
Day 96 of 219 in Spain.
It’s been over a month since I last posted. The end of 2014 and into 2015 brought so many new experiences! I’m enjoying Sevilla more and more everyday. Whether if it’s meeting new people or just realizing new things that I didn’t before, I feel like the city and I are being more of a better fit for each other.
Starting back to Christmas – I enjoyed my time with a good Spanish friend of mine at his parent’s place. It was quite similar minus the food differences. Also, many of the children here get their main gift on the Three Wise Men Day (Epiphany) in early January. The craziness during this time was pretty much the same as in the States.
Right after Christmas, I traveled to Madrid for a few days to spend New Year’s Eve/Day with my awesome friends, Naomi & Nick. It was their first time in Europe, so I tried to show them a good time while they were here visiting. I think they had a good time – I’ll post pictures from our adventure below.
Working has been a bit more exciting as we are planning for Carnaval in February. It’s a time when everyone in the schools dresses up and celebrates! This year, the themes range from Mickey & Minnie Mouse to The Wizard of Oz to British guards, to Majorettes (and many others). I have decided to dress up as a British guard like the fifth graders, so we will see how that plays out in a few weeks! Also, tomorrow is El día de la paz, or Peace Day, which schools world-wide participate to just acknowledge peace in their school and their everyday lives. I won’t be here to see those activities (as I do not work Fridays), but it’s been interesting to see classes making collages and prepping for the day. I’ll post some pictures from my school below, too, as my students are so interested in me taking their picture (with permission, of course)!
With only about four more months left in Spain, I plan on doing a lot of travel within Europe. I’ve been hunting down lots of cheap flights to Italy, France, other parts of Spain, and possibly London and Germany. I definitely don’t want this opportunity in Europe go to waste without checking out other cities and countries around me.
Life after Spain update – I have recently been invited to numerous grad schools in the States to interview via phone or Skype for admission and/or assistantships within their College. I am excited for this opportunity and feeling optimistic about the outcomes. I’ll keep y’all updated on that!