Starting Fresh

Well, about 8 months later here I am again! Too much has happened in between posts to explain everything. I thought I was going to be able to keep up, but that went out the window when I changed companies. Now I’m working longer hours, but getting used to the workload. I’m 100% thankful for the change, and I am no longer here under the student permit so that’s very helpful.

New job. New apartment.

For lack of anything more: I’m happy!

I hope I’ll be able to upload some info about my past trips, but at least I’ll try to make sure future trips are documented. Let’s see if I can also revive my review posts.

 

Summer in Madrid

It’s now the middle of July in Madrid. It seems many people have left the city for the coast or their home towns. I can’t blame them. Maybe you can imagine it gets “hot as Hades” here. I believe I’ve only worn skirts and dresses since the last week of June. Many apartments don’t have air conditioning so you need to buy a fan to avoid sleeping in a pool of your own sweat. When I told my dad about this on the weekend he didn’t believe me. I am still apartment hunting and the one I’m hoping to move into has A/C! Glorious! I’d be living with two Spanish girls and they seemed really sweet. So cross your fingers for me! I’m not sure if I ever mentioned this, but the last apartment I was in had 8 people…so switching to a place with only 3 would be wonderful.

So why am I in Madrid and not on vacation in Malaga or something? I’m working and trying to earn some money to hold me over until the end of September. My work contract doesn’t begin again until the middle of September and I won’t be paid again until the end of that month. I know some people have found cushy gigs in summer camps, but unfortunately I didn’t find any that would hire a US citizen and pay them decently. The one I was offered was 500 euros for living and working in a summer camp for the whole month of July. I couldn’t leave the residence hall so there was no way to earn extra money. Sometimes I wish I had dual citizenship with an EU country! Working here would be so much easier then! In Madrid I’m working several different jobs. My main job is to take care of a 4 year old girl every morning while her parents work. Then, in the evenings, I teach private classes almost every day. Right now I have 7-8 private classes a week. Then I am also working with a company who needed proofreaders to correct Spanish to English translations for a travel  website.

I’m not sure what’s happening in August, but I might be traveling. I’m still trying to buckle down and write about all of the other trips I’ve taken. I might end up lumping them all into one post.

If you are in Spain for the summer what are you doing?

When it becomes real…

I learned two things today. First, I have about three months until I move to another continent and country. Second, today is the day my family realized I am completely serious.

I was sitting at my desk when I realized I only have a few more months left. I’ve been selected as a recruit for the technical training staff. Basically, if I pass the three-day training this week, there is a high chance that I will be asked to instruct others in how to do my job. With this came the realization that even if I do accept the offer, I will only have the opportunity to instruct for a few months or so before I leave. Do I take the offer? I imagine Technical Instructor looks pretty good on a resume / C.V. To be quite honest, along with the moment of realization, I froze at my desk in thought. I have so many things to accomplish for the move and not much time. I should be doing more research about the move now, but I’m writing this post instead. I wish I could find a flat before I leave. I don’t want to agree to anything before I actually see the place, so this leaves me in a bit of a predicament. This entire thing has been a lesson in letting go…

Today, my mom asked me if I was actually serious about moving. When I told her I was it seemed that she never thought I would actually go through with it. As you can imagine, she did not take the news well. It’s difficult when you set a path and your family doesn’t support you. Every day, I hear something from my mom about how I am making the wrong choice; about how Spains economy is tanked or another passive-aggressive pity plea. Thankfully, my dad doesn’t say anything. I know what he is thinking though when he turns his face when he hears my mom talking to me. Is this a mistake? Maybe, but I’d like to think not. If for some unforeseen reason I actually loathe my time in Spain, I’d like to consider this as the time I did what I wanted for myself even when my emotions and logic warred inside me. Moving alone to a foreign country, quitting a government job to accept a job that pays four times less…of course it seems crazy, but I would be crazy to wait.

For those of you who rooted far from where they sprouted, how did you deal with the reaction to your choice? Did you ever choose to cancel your move? If so, Are you happy with the way things turned out? Do you regret it?

May 15, 2012

Surprisingly, it’s not impossible to wake up at 4:30am to get 2 hours of overtime in a day. It’s really especially easy when I know I’m saving money for a purpose. :}

I’m actually a little anxious because I was supposed to hear back from my potential future employer today or yesterday, but still I have not heard a peep! Once I get a definite answer I’ll explain more. Also, things are shaking up at my current job. The person who handles all of the high-priority cases for my module is being promoted….and I’m taking her place on Monday. Holy crap. This could either be really awesome or really stressful. I’m still not sure how to approach the whole “I-could-be-leaving-in-a-couple-months” conversation with my managers. I was waiting to tell them after I submit my acceptance for a new position, but with this recent mini-promotion… I don’t know. What is normally the best method of doing this???

On a totally unrelated note, I took some random photos around the yard and messed around on my iPad. (Also unrelated: iPad bluetooth keyboards are awesome) Has anyone used a photo editor called Snapseed? It was pretty entertaining.

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