Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Farewell for now

I'm sorry. I'm really bad at blogging. The thing is, I'll be riding the metro or walking down the street and I'll be thinking of some story to write, but then I'll go home and Skype with my parents, and then I consider the story sufficiently shared. My apologies.

Since the last time I wrote, life has been wonderful. I have so so so many thing I'm thankful for!

First of all, I went to Ireland. IRELAND!! It had been my dream trip forever, and it completely lived up to my expectations. I think I had a smile on my face for six days straight.

A few weeks later I went home for my friends' wedding and that was four days FULL of amazingness. I just felt loved all weekend long.

And then a few weekends ago I went to Zermatt, Switzerland to go hiking by the Matterhorn. Who does that?? My friends and I just kept looking around and repeating, "Oh my goodness, we are so lucky."
The trail turned into a stream for a little bit.

Last week was my last week of teaching and that went wonderfully too. Two classes made me cakes! At the end of the student assembly on my last day, the head of studies spontaneously volunteered me to perform a song for the students and as I walked slowly up to the stage with a look of shock on my face, the students started chanting, "Jenni! Jenni! Jenni!" As I played guitar and sang, those little buggers were waving their hands back and forth and singing along and all around just made me feel like a rock star. And then, of course, they did the wave and ran up on stage to give me hugs and kisses. I'm so happy I'll be at the same school next year!

All this having happened, in the last few days, I've been thinking about what my life would have been like had I not quit my job. I quit my job without 100% certainty of a job waiting for me here, without a Spanish visa, and pretty much without a clue of what I was getting myself into. Ha. That could have ended really badly, huh? But it didn't! I've done so many things this year that I never would have had the opportunity to do. I've met so many people I would have never met! 

And what's next? Well, I'm off to teach at an English summer camp for the month of July. A camp that just happens to be held in a 16th century monastery... in a town of 287 residents... where there is no ATM and the discoteca in town is somebody's attic with a CD player. It's going to be an interesting month, that's for sure. And since the monastery has no internet, so I finally have a good excuse for not blogging! Don't worry though, I'll be back stateside August 1, and I would love to share my stories with you!

Until then, I'll just keep thanking my lucky stars... and continue dancing in a field somewhere.

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