Making Malaga Home

1 month.  I have been here for one month, and it literally flew by.  Where do I even start?  Probably the most important thing is that I have found my breakfast place and my cafe.  UFFF that’s done.  I started working at my new school so my free time has been cut down.  I have a lot more responsibility this year at my school, which is good and bad.  I am so excited to actually be utilized in class and actually respected.  On the other hand, I am doing much more planning and actually teaching than last year. I also started working “under the table” at an academy which is getting bigger and bigger each week.  I am the only teacher so I get to make all the decisions, and the director gives me waaaay too much freedom with my class (but is that really a bad thing?).

BIG PURCHASE: my Nespresso machine.  My life is now complete.

BIG PURCHASE: my Nespresso machine. My life is now complete.

To the more fun stuff.  I finally started my Spanish course, and wow am I missing the grammar side.  I know I speak at a higher level than I can write (normally it’s the other way around), but I didn’t realize HOW much I was missing.  I am lucky to have a great academy, shout out to LinguaSpain, but my teacher has been awesome at giving me extra work.

I have also been spending a lot of time exploring the little small pueblos around Malaga.  A couple of weekends ago, we did a day trip to Nerja and the neighboring pueblo Frigiliana.  I know, the pueblo’s name is a tongue twister.  It is a prime example of the pueblos blancos, white villages, here in Spain.

This was our view at lunch.  NBD

This was our view at lunch. NBD

I don't know what is more beautiful, us or the town!

I don’t know what is more beautiful, us or the town!

pueblos blancos

pueblos blancos

The view from one of the miradores, or look out points.

The view from one of the miradores, or look out points.

Catching the sunset in Nerja

Catching the sunset in Nerja

I also spent Columbus Day, here it is known as Spain Day, in Madrid.  I was even lucky enough to spend the day with Ana’s family in her hometown of Aranda.  There are no words for how amazing the day was.  We went to the campo, the country-side, where Ana’a mom made amazing paella.  I got to meet Ana’s little nephews who were amazed at how much English I knew (shhhh…don’t tell them I am a native speaker).  I finally got to visit Ana in the cemetery.  It was emotional, don’t get me wrong…but all I could think about was how awesome view she has of the country side.  I could almost hear her saying “toma ya.”

The person most excited to see me was Ana's dog, Tommy Hilfiger.

The person most excited to see me was Ana’s dog, Tommy Hilfiger.

Hanging out with da bear in Puerta del Sol with some awesome chic as.

Hanging out with da bear in Puerta del Sol with some awesome chic as.

A trip to Madrid wouldn't be complete without some cafe con leche from Toma cafe.

A trip to Madrid wouldn’t be complete without some cafe con leche from Toma cafe.

My piso is also full now!  When I moved in, there was already an Erasmus (european study abroad program) student there, Astrid.  She is from Belgium and is probably the closest thing I’ll ever get to a little sister.  Shortly after I moved in, another auxiliary, Camille, moved in.  I am happy to say that I am the luckiest to have such awesome roommates.  We have been spending the past month cooking together (OK Astrid and Camille cook, I just eat it.), shopping, exploring Malaga, and going out together.  Last weekend, we celebrated Camille’s birthday by throwing a Halloween themed party.  We had a great time bringing all of our friends together!

Roomates who eat kebab, stay together.

Roomates who eat kebab, stay together.

No one else would probably want to live with us...

No one else would probably want to live with us…

I scared myself with this costume.

I scared myself with this costume.

Celebrating Halloween American style!

Celebrating Halloween American style!

It’s these things that are reminding me how lucky I am and how amazing my life is here in Malaga.  Although I have had some bumps along the way (residency paper issues and my wallet being stolen…) these people have helped me through it.  I have to admit that I was nervous about making new friends this year, but I think I have done a pretty good job!  Here’s to this year’s adventures!  Hasta luego!

"Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home." -Matsuo Basho

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” -Matsuo Basho

 

 

 

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