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Madrid Bound

Monday, September 15, 2014
These past two months at home have absolutely flown by. It hardly seems possible that in a handful of hours, I'll be on a plane back to Madrid. If you had asked me a month ago, I would have said, "Of course I'm ready to go back to Spain!" But staying that second month here in the USA has made me all the more attached. I'm feeling all of the feels right about now.

But who am I to complain, because I chose this lifestyle - and all the perks & drawbacks that come with it. Is it worth it in the end? I think so. I love Madrid. I miss Madrid. But I know I'll inevitably miss home too. Right about now I'm wishing I could have the best of both worlds.

So rather than dwelling on the negative, I'm trying to focus on all of the things I'm looking forward to in España. I've missed so much about Madrid this summer, and I can't wait to see my friends and visit my favorite places upon my arrival! These are just a few things I can't wait to get back to:

Picnics on my balcony

Jamón! Olive oil chips! Cheese! Wine! So many noms to be had.

Teaching these darling kiddos

I missed my students so much this summer! Working with kids has its challenges (like when they forget that they're children, not wild animals), but overall, teaching has been the most fulfilling job I've ever had. I can't wait to return to my adorable niños!

The colorful streets

As comfortable as suburbia has been these past two months, I'm ready to get back to the vibrant colors and stunning architecture of Madrid.

The city's magic

Madrid never ceases to take my breath away. There's always something to do, and beauty can be found everywhere. This city constantly inspires me, and I'm looking forward to feeling that magic again.

And I almost forgot...

I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be working as a social media intern at Madrid Food Tour this year!
Now I'll have a legitimate excuse to Instagram all of my favorite Spanish dishes. So much for trying to kick my huevos rotos addiction...


Bring it on, Year Two!


29 comments on "Madrid Bound"
  1. Bienvenida de nuevo! Here's to a stellar second year!

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  2. Good luck on your second year =)

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  3. aw, I know you've got to feel the pull of both worlds! good luck on the trip back! also, hey heeey pretty in the red dress!

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  4. How exciting :) Good luck for year two!

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  5. I would love to go to Madrid! How exciting!!

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  6. Madrid is on my wanderlust list. Your pictures are lovely. Good luck with your new class!

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  7. Oh have a lovely trip back to Spain! It sounds like there is lots waiting for you there :) And congrats on the new position you'll be taking! So cool!

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  8. Oh my gosh so exciting! What a perfect excuse to eat good food! I totally get ya on the not wanting to go back thing. My first week back after Christmas in the States was rough. But then you fall back in love with the European lifestyle and life is better again :) Hope you have a safe flight!

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  9. Have a great trip back! And congratulations on your new role!

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  10. A very inspiring post! I was offered a teaching position in Madrid several years ago now and at the time I felt silly for turning it down, but now my life has taken me to a different country anyway - kismet I guess! I wish I could remember to focus on the positives more often!

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  11. It's a pretty amazing place! I can't recommend it enough :)

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  12. Exaaactly. It's only been a day and I've already fallen back in love with the Spanish lifestyle!

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  13. It all works out for a reason, so life has taken you where you need to be :) And you've had some pretty cool experiences along the way!

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  14. Good for you for focusing on the positive! Your life is yours for living! I just found your blog and it is stunning. Your photography is absolutely incredible and I love the gluten free in Prague post. We've just started eating Gluten Free because of our son and I've been traveling this summer (we live in Italy but spend our summer's exploring) and I have been gathering GF guides! Congratulations on your intern role looking forward to following along and seeing all those yummy dishes!

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  15. Have a safe trip, Courtney! Also I'm so glad to have found your blog. I'm loving your story (and craving everything Spanish again!) And congrats on the Food Tour -- I clicked over and it looks like a lot of fun. (And a lot of deliciousness!)

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  16. ...Congrats on the internship--anything involving good food and drink can't be all bad, right?!?!...

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  17. Thanks Gina! I'm definitely excited for all of the delicious Spanish treats to be had this year. Your blog is beautiful and I'm so jealous you studied abroad in Seville! I studied abroad in Cádiz, but I loved Seville so much more :)

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  18. Thank you so much! You'll have to let me know how eating GF in Italy is... I'm dying to make a trip there this year, but I'm really afraid I won't be able to eat any of the delicious food!

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  19. There is do much GF here it's ridiculous!! You let me know where you want to go and I will help you find everything you need from restaurants to groceries!

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  20. No way! That's amazing! I'll definitely let you know if/when I make it over there!

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  21. I loved Cádiz!! I would have loved to stayed on the coast some more in Spain. That is so awesome! I'm glad you liked Sevilla :) I seriously love going through all your posts about it and reliving the memories!

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