As I'm sure you've deduced from the title of the post, this is it! Our "what's next" and "adios to Spain" post that was bound to eventually make it's way to the pages of this blog. Two weeks from today we'll lock our apartment door for the last time, take the bus to the airport, and this (mostly) sunny chapter of our lives will come to an end. I honestly can hardly believe I'm typing this all up (and I'm getting a little choked up right now doing so), but for so many reasons, the time is right for us to start something new.
Like most people, we have to buy groceries each week, but I thought it might be interesting if this week we shared our meal plan for the week, everything we bought, and how much it cost. I can be a pretty nosy Ned, so I find these types of posts on other peoples' blogs particularly interesting, and perhaps someone else will be the same.
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.
So, to be fair, this isn't everything we ate while in Istanbul. If it were, this would be even longer than yesterday's post (about everything we saw and did in the city - see that here!), but this is pretty close to everything we ate while we were out and about doing our tourist thing. For more of an idea of what we ate while on campus (where we lived and worked), take a look at this post from the beginning of the summer that has some photos of our cafeteria trays.
I'm finally (finally!) ready to share more from Turkey, this time from Istanbul. If you need a little refresher, we spent two months last summer teaching English at a camp for kids located on a university campus on the outskirts of Istanbul. We had weekends off from work, and packed most of them with sightseeing and eating out in the city (plus two trips further afield to Cappadocia and Ephesus). In total, we saw and did about 20 different things in Istanbul, not counting our day trips to Büyükada (one of the nearby islands) and Kilyos (a beach and tiny village), both of which I really recommend. Okay, into the streets of Istanbul we go!
Last week we celebrated our third Thanksgiving in Spain, which sounds crazy and like we've been here for a really long time, but actually, it hasn't even been two full years yet. I got out my journal and decided to do an official count - we actually just passed the year and a half mark last month (a few days before Thanksgiving in fact). Like it is with so many American expats worldwide, we went about our normal life on Thanksgiving. It did so happen that neither of us had a class first hour, though, so we made muffins, but we probably would have done that regardless of the holiday. After school, we made dinner and cleaned up quickly because, as we do every Thursday evening, we had Spanish at 7pm. After our lesson (which takes place at our kitchen table), we Skyped with both our families, and then got off to bed, because on Fridays Danny has an early teachers class where he usually has to leave for school around 7:30am.
Well it's that time again. We're in our third apartment in three school years and so for anyone who may still be interested, I think this one may just be the best yet (the photos are some of the worst, but try to see past the lighting situation we're dealing with here). Our place was about as clean as it's ever been yesterday morning (we'd hosted people the night before) so I seized the moment and the wee bits of morning light we get to snap these pictures.