one year ago.

21 Sep

A year ago this morning, I left for 9 months to work in Madrid, Spain as an Auxiliar de Conversación at a school in the northern part of the city, Colegio Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo. It was a great experience, and hard to believe that my “gap year” experience is already over. Throughout the course of the year I…

…happened to live with Kerren and Alia who ended up being great friends.

in segovia last october.

...traveled to an insane number of places and got some of my insatiable wanderlust out of my system, at least for a few years…

macarons in Lyon.

Las Fallas in Valencia.

the day after Christmas in Salamanca.

…took advantage of the Spanish lifestyle and culture all over again…


patatas bravas.

showdown with a bull.

an obsession is born.

…bonded with all of my students, taught oodles of private lessons, and learned some Spanish slang in the process…

christmas at the cole.

a good-bye note from one of my kids, diego. looooove.

last day of school water fight.

me with my tutee, gracia, and her mom and aunt at gracia's first communion.

…there’s a ton of things I miss about Spain and I could go on and on about my experiences in the best country in Europe. It’s hard to believe that a year ago today that journey began, and how much has happened in that last year!

What do you do when you’re missing a place? 

6 Responses to “one year ago.”

  1. Kaley [Y Mucho Más] September 21, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    I listen to music from that time period and be sappy. Seriously.

    • gillian September 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

      Me too! I have a “Spain” playlist. I almost tear up when I play some of the songs my kids introduced me too.

  2. Caroline September 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Ah, still so jealous of your Spain adventures. I can understand why you’re missing it! Those macaroooons! I need to take a trip to Bottega Louie asap and get some. Now I’ve got a craving. 🙂

    • gillian September 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

      Thanks 🙂 it’s a pretty big obsession 🙂

      Still never been to Botegga Louie! I neeeeeeed to go.

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport September 24, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    When I am in Madrid and missing the U.S. watching movies heals the homesick. When I am in the U.S. and missing Madrid talking to my beau helps. 🙂 And knowing that I fly back tomorrow! Want me to pack you in my suitcase?

    • gillian September 24, 2011 at 9:39 am #

      Movies are a good idea – Vicki Cristina Barcelona is a good Spain classic for me 🙂

      Please pack me in your suitcase!! I could use a quick Spanish get-away this weekend!

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