January might be almost over, but it's not too late to round up all my miscellaneous photos from the last four months. In between work and some traveling, here's some of what we got up to from September to December...
Making: plans for the rest of the summer before school starts - it'll be here before we know it - but before then we have some exciting things coming up!
Cooking: honestly, absolutely nothing. Living in a kitchen-less dorm room for two months means we eat every meal at the cafeteria or at a restaurant and while not having to cook sounds fantastic, there are definitely pros and cons.
Reading: sporadically. I've gotten into listening to podcasts while we're out and about in the city, riding buses and metros, which means I've gone from reading a couple books a week to maybe one a month :/
If you've been following our blog or Instagram this spring, you might be starting to wonder if we really do any work or if we're actually just traveling all the time. Well, I'm here to set the record straight...although Spain has a plethora of public holidays and there's even more for school children, we haven't been on a non-stop trip around Europe and north Africa (as awesome as that sometimes sounds). We mostly do ordinary, everyday things, like work, hang out with friends, go to the park, try new recipes, read books, volunteer, and go grocery shopping, that are just as great as traveling around.
Making: lists upon lists of tasks to complete and things to pack - just over a week and counting now!
Cooking: everything I won't be cooking in Spain. Jokes, jokes. I've cooked like 3 whole meals myself this entire summer.
Reading: magazines and picture books like the library's about to go out of business.
Making: plans for the weekend.
Cooking: this for dinner tonight, with some TBD side dish.
Drinking: water, as usual.
Reading: about how to learn languages. Must. Do. Better. With. Spanish.
It's hard for me to wrap my mind around, but we're just over halfway through our summer in the US. Some days I'm really excited to head back to Spain, but most days I'm just consumed with the here and now, with living our current reality of work and friends and family and big, blue Colorado skies. Saying good-bye to it all again doesn't feel like it will really happen, but I know that it will (of course, pending visa approval!).
Making: mental lists of places to visit in Spain and beyond this upcoming school year. Greece, Florence, Barcelona, Granada, Morocco, San Sebastian, London (always London), Amsterdam, Croatia, Switzerland, + about 50 others...I think we need more than just ten months to see it all, or else just priorities.
Well, this past Saturday marked one month since we arrived back in the US for the summer, and for as much as I might not have wanted to come back, things have been going quite well. We've settled into new routines - or rather, as much of a routine as we can since I'm working on a substitute basis and Danny's hours are sort of irregular as well - and are enjoying being back in a place where we know our way around (for the most part).