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.
Last spring when we were living in Madrid - but our lives looked pretty different to how they do now, as least job-wise - I did a similar post to the one I'm doing today (check it out here, if you want). Life changes for most people by season, location, job, etc., and we're no exception, so last Tuesday I kept a notebook with me and pulled it out frequently to keep a tab on what my day was looking like.
It's hard to believe that in two days we're leaving Spain. Maybe for the spring and summer or maybe for...ever. Regardless, the majority of our time spent here wasn't gallivanting around from country to country. We were mostly in Madrid, living our lives, going about our business. In the fall (September till December) that looked a lot like taking TEFL classes, looking for English students, teaching here and there (not as much of the latter as we would have hoped), as well as taking quite a few day trips on the weekends from Madrid. In the winter (January till now), we found more clients and so we mostly filled our days with teaching.
Making: my very last lesson plans...this is our last week of teaching as Semana Santa (Holy Week) is about to begin and most of our will students take off for their villages for an extended Easter break.
Cooking: these pulled sweet potato BBQ sandwiches and they're our favorite right now. Usually we switch things up every two weeks or so, but right now we can't quit these.
As we've spent the last nearly-three weeks becoming reacquainted with Madrid after our whirlwind Christmas + New Year's trip around the continent, it hasn't been hard. Our feet know our neighborhood, they know our Metro stop, they know the way. I like the way I don't have to think about where I'm going in the mornings when we go to the library for a few hours to plan lessons or use the internet to get caught up on things.
Two months ago today we flew into Madrid with our five suitcases, two backpacks, and a good idea of what we were getting ourselves into. Ha. Turns out we I kind of overpacked (really regretting those seven pairs of shorts that made the cut) – I didn’t have to rewear anything but pants for over six weeks - and as far as what we thought we were coming here to do (learning Spanish and teaching English, by the way) – we’re not doing a lot of it.