July 13, 2013 by ebostick1212
Apologies to everyone reading my blog. I know I have been absent for a few weeks, but my life has been jam packed with stressful, life-changing events.
I have been racking my brain, trying to figure out how to break my news to everyone.
So here goes.
I am kicking off the nomad shoes for a little while, and starting a teaching job in Virginia.
It was a bittersweet decision. On the one hand I am excited to start a life as a young professional, and gain experience as a French and Spanish teacher. On the other, I am pining for Andalucían culture. Yet this a big step, and one I need to take with my current family situation.
When I first mentioned the thoughts about going home for a little while, I got so many comments like:
‘You are so young! You HAVE to use this chance to see the world!
‘You are voluntarily leaving your boyfriend’s country? Why?’
‘You can get a grown up job later!’
I get it. I know why people say these things. There is some truth to this kind of comment. Yet I know the best thing to do right now is to get a well paid job, an apartment, and a savings account.
I consider myself incredibly lucky. I have already spent most of my adult life seeing the majority of Europe, and living on my own in strange, foreign lands. Traveling is not ‘out of my system’ by any means, but I need to take a break right now to recoup.
On top of this, I have a family that has really welcomed me back to the US with open arms, and smiles on their faces, and I look forward to seeing them on a frequent basis. I also have a Spanish boyfriend who supports my decisions, and only wants to see me happy and strong, even if it means we are 3,000 miles away from each other for the time being. There are skeptics, but it will work out in the long run. I am in a good place.
So I am back in the US for a bit, but I will continue to experience new things, like having my own apartment, and teaching middle schoolers. I will get to look upon my country, and see its beauty with refreshed eyes. And perhaps most interesting of all, I will be experiencing a culture that is completely foreign to me, as a Rhode Island girl….good old Southern hospitality!
Maybe some people will ‘un-follow’ my blog, now that I will be writing about some new American adventures more often than I write about Spain. It doesn’t matter. I am looking forward to seeing America in a new light, and yes, returning to Spain every once in awhile. To me, my blog isn’t just about Spanish culture. It is about the culture I encounter anywhere on the globe, and that is what interests me more than anything else.