How does one sum up 3.5 months of life in España? Oh, here's how!:
Moonlighting as a European, even for a fleeting moment, is honestly one of the best things I have ever done ... in life! For most people it's getting married at a young age, a steady job, a 401k, children by 30, obligations, responsibilities, appearances, etc. Which, in societal norms, is understandably so. For most people. For me, it was traveling the world, living out of a suitcase, meeting all walks of life, stepping outside the comfort zone, trying everything and anything, living in various spots of the globe ... particularly in Salamanca and Madrid, where one of my most cherished life altering epochs occurred. It was there I learned the minimalist and c'est la vie ways of a European - astounded by their thirst to know your story, humbled by their open-mindedness, amused by their distaste of routine. To a European, in general, it was all about being unpredictable and curious and positive and welcoming! A doctrine I could, nay, trying to whole-heartedly live by. After all, life really is too short.
Something Oliver once told me that tickled me to the core, "I keep forgetting you're not European."
Hah! I take that as a compliment! Explore, Dream, Discover!
besos ... jin.