After 9 months of living in the South of Spain, my time has come to an end. Bags packed, I said my good-byes to some beautiful souls and made my way to the Madrid airport with a super heavy back pack on a beautiful sunny morning, all I could repeat to myself is, “Good-bye Spain. I can’t believe I’m leaving. I can’t believe this is it.” Living in Spain hasn’t been all about tapas, bull fights and siestas, I’ve had my fair share of frustrations but that’s expected when you pack up your life and move to a completely new country and culture. I wanted to share some of the things I’ll miss being away from Spain. I’m sure there are many more that will come to mind.
Things I’ll miss in Spain:
- Food, Food Food- I LOVE the tapas!
- Hearing and Speaking Spanish
- The cheaper cost of living
- Laid back lifestyle- taking time to eat, spending time with friends; enjoying the simple yet more important things in life
- Being in Europe and the ease of traveling to other European countries
- Kids and elderly folks are a BIG part of the culture.
- Children seem to be apart of the parents lives rather than the parents becoming a part of the child’s life (I loved seeing kids at lunch time self entertaining for an hour (s), no need for dvd’s and constant doting by the parents)
- Besos (kisses) overtime you greet friends and new folks and everytime you say good-bye
- Being reminded how American I am
- Andalucia- I love Southern Spain
- Living on the beach
- Watching elderly couples take a stroll through town
- Friends I’ve made, both expats and Españoles
- Seeing elderly folks enjoying themselves, singing, talking together
What I won’t miss:
- Spanish Bureaucracy- no one knowing their right hand from their left hand, and no one taking responsibility
- Lack of customer service- ok, this is an area where I realize how American I am. darn it.
- Silly bus and train times
- Places being shut for siesta from 2-5pm, banks closing at 2pm M-F
- Nothing ever feels simple or easy to do (when it comes to taking care of things) in Spain
Do you or have you lived in Spain before? What are things you miss or would miss if you left? What are things you could do without? How are ways you transition to being back “home”?