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.
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.