Hey y’all, I’m in Spain now!

After several months of hiatus from my blog, I am finally ready to begin sharing my writing online again.  Moving countries is a pain (and, more often than not, an expensive pain), and not just because getting visas/flights/housing/utilities/phone service set up is a complicated process, but also because there is so much emotional baggage involved in uprooting your life and transplanting it in an entirely new environment. 

Who would have thought a person’s life could be condensed into just a few bags?

Having spent three years in Beijing, China, I decided I needed a change of pace (and a change of air quality).  Even though it meant a big pay cut, I knew I wanted to return to Spain to live for at least the short-term future.  Now that I am here and settled, my brain is finally starting to process just how much life has changed for me over the past few months.  Realizing I said goodbye to people I dearly care about, but who I possibly may never see again is one of the things that has been haunting me recently, especially since I only have a few friends here currently. Transient life seems grand until your family and friends are half a world away from you.

Nevertheless, there is so much to be grateful for in my new home-away-from-home in Madrid.  The weather is lovely, people are friendly, and food is affordable.  I speak the language and am optimistic I can easily transition into my new teaching role once school starts.  These are all a blessing to me on this new journey, and, after having survived and thrived for three years in a place I really did not want to be, I am so excited to see what I can achieve in a place I adore.

The pilgrimage continues.

4 thoughts on “Hey y’all, I’m in Spain now!

  1. Pedro! ¡Qué emocionante! Estoy bien feliz para ti – y estoy viviendo indirectamente por ti! ¿Vas a enseñar el inglés en Madrid? ¡Qué sueño! Como siempre, espero que todo te vaya de lo más bien y que recibas todas las bendiciones del Señor

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    1. ¡Tienes que venir a visitarme aquí!

      Este año estaré enseñando inglés en un instituto- nunca me imaginé como profesor de secundaria, pero, estoy emocionado. Siempre me acuerdo de ti en mis oraciones, también- y aun ayer compartí con un amigo que yo no habría aprendido español sin ti.

      Un saludo desde Valdemoro 💛


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