We may be almost three weeks into 2018, but I'm not going to let that stop me from doing a little round up of some top highlights from last year, with a little peek into this upcoming year tacked onto the end, too. Aside from the very first few days of 2017, which we spent in Colorado due to my brother's wedding, we spent the entire year abroad, mostly based out of Madrid, Spain. During the school year, we taught English at Spanish Catholic schools, and during the summer, we taught English at a summer camp in Istanbul, Turkey.
On our weekends and time off of work, we enjoyed spending time with friends, hanging out at home, traveling around Europe, you know, good stuff like that. And I'm not joking about hanging out at home - now that Madrid feels like 'our city' and we feel at home here, we don't have the urge to go do touristy things all the time. We try out new recipes, we go for walks, we listen to podcasts, we sleep in (sometimes), we video chat with our family and friends, Danny gets guys together to play football at the park, we read - we just act boring and normal, most of the time. Okay, time for some lists. I've been thinking about a few of these since the middle of 2017, so let's get started!
Top Books I Read in 2017
It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
Garden City: Work, Rest, and the Art of Being Human by John Mark Comer
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
We spent New Year's Eve in Zagreb, Croatia, in the middle of a two-week trip to a few (chilly!) European locales. Now we're starting 2018 off with something new: for the first time in a while, we're not relying on teaching English as our primary source of income. We left our jobs before Christmas, and now we're working as freelancers (still in Madrid, though). Danny's been working on web design as a side business since late last spring, so now we're getting a chance to see what it's like to do it full-time. Yep, it's a bit scary for sure, but we're working hard and trusting God, and because things are not as we had once planned, we don't really know what 2018 will look like on a lot of levels. I'm going to try to keep this space a bit more updated than it was in the fall, though, so - stay tuned! :)