Mi vida en España #1 🇪🇸 | A tale of airports

Let’s continue where I left off last time, shall we? I wrote about the first hurdles of moving abroad during a pandemic, that were mostly because of family circumstances and a little bit because of rescheduled flights. Almost two weeks later than planned, on the lucky day Friday the 13th, I could finally travel (and move) to Spain. It was a very long day, but I was beyond excited to finally be reunited with my boyfriend.

– airport of amsterdam-
At five o’clock in the morning my phone made this unpleasant sound, better known as my alarm. I didn’t sleep too well, because I constantly had in mind that I had to get up early in the morning. After breakfast and packing the last things, my dad and I were on our way to the airport at six o’clock. We slowly watched the sun rise through the car windows and at a little past eight we got to the airport.

My heavy suitcase decided that it was angry at me and the handle wouldn’t move. So there I was, walking in a silly way towards the check-in desk, to get rid of my big and small suitcase for the rest of the day. All throughout waiting for the flight to Barcelona and during the flight itself, I felt so tired. This was going to be such a long day…

– airport of barcelona –
My day completely brightened up when I arrived to the airport of Barcelona. This may or may not have been related with the much needed dose of caffeine of a yummy cappuccino I drank. The layover took six and a half hours lay and honestly, it was great. I walked around the terminal to stretch my legs and then I discovered the outside area of the airport. On the stairs I found myself a nice space to sit down, with the sun shining and 16 degrees. I wrote in my journal, I practiced Spanish with Duolingo and I read many chapters of my book. Besides the fact that mostly smokers used the outdoors area, it was super nice and relaxing.

And then I made a mistake, a big one. I went to McDonald’s to get something to eat. The first minor disappointment was the lack of veggie burgers on the menu, so I decided to have some fries and a salad. That was the big mistake, the salad. I mean, how can you call tasteless lettuce with one tiny tomato and ten pieces of corn a salad? However, I didn’t let this ruin my mood and I watched the sunset through the window until it was time for boarding. Again, there weren’t so many people on the plane and again I had the whole row for myself.

– airport of santiago de compostela –
I arrived to the third and last airport of the day, the one of Santiago de Compostela. Both my suitcases – even the angry one – arrived there  as safely as I did. And then there was the moment I had been looking forward to for so long: finally hugging my boyfriend again! It felt a little weird to see each other again after so long, but I was so so happy.

– the first weekend (no airports involved) –
My first weekend here was very calm and nice. I unpacked my things, spent time with my boyfriend and his family, and ran some errands. There may or may not have been a few naps. There was a walk to the beach on a grey day and I started reading my first children’s book in Spanish. Nothing super exciting, but I had a cosy first weekend.

Oh, and about Mi vida en España; the #1 already suggests that this will be a series on my blog. I’m not entirely sure if it will be weekly or biweekly – that mostly depends on how many interesting things happen – but I’m sure I’ll figure that out in the next weeks. In case you missed the start of this series, I wrote El Plan: moving to Galicia, Spain in which I explain what’s going on.

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  1. Mijn plan was om na het halen van mijn hbo diploma voor een langere tijd naar Spanje te gaan. Helaas moet ik nog even wachten tot deze pandemie voorbij is (zucht). Echt super tof en stoer dat jij gewoon gegaan bent. Ik blijf je zeker volgen, vind het erg leuk om dit allemaal te lezen. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Hoi Yaika! Leuk dat je ook voor langere tijd naar Spanje wilt, wat ben je van plan daar (hier) te doen? Afhankelijk van wat je van plan bent, kan het inderdaad erg lastig zijn tijdens deze pandemie. Ik hoop dat je toch snel mag gaan!

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