2020 sucked, let’s just tell it as it is. I don’t want to waste too many words talking about the coronavirus, because – like everyone – I’m tired of it. However, not mentioning it at all doesn’t do 2020 justice either. The pandemic pretty much ruined the year, for some people more than for others. Also for me, 2020 definitely wasn’t my favourite year, although it can not just be blamed on the pandemic. Here’s my honest 2020 review: a lesser year with some silver linings. Read more »
This year I spent my first Christmas in Galicia and it was… very underwhelming. Usually my boyfriend’s family celebrates all together with a big dinner on the 24th and a big lunch on the 25th. Of course, this year corona changed everything. The maximum amount of people was six, which in our case meant just immediate family. To dampen the Christmas spirit even more, someone had to go to the hospital as well (nothing serious). This meant that not even everyone of the immediate family ate together on the 24th. Read more »
There are some cultural differences that you notice immediately when you move to a new place. Here in Spain, I immediately realised that people have different relationships with dogs than in the Netherlands. I cannot tell you the amount of times I’ve been scared by a loudly barking dog when I was just walking calmly along the road. They run to the fence as if their life depends on it and it scares the shit out of me. Besides that, they poop everywhere and owners don’t feel the responsibility to clean up after their dog. Last weekend I had my first up close experience with Spanish dogs and let me tell you… it was incredible and incredible isn’t always a positive word. Read more »
Do you see that? Do you hear that? It’s a pretty cosy sound when you’re indoors under a blanket, sipping some tea and reading a book. I like it quite a lot for an afternoon, maybe two. But for a whole week straight? I think there was literally one morning with good weather last week. I immediately went for a walk and saw this really cool rainbow (photo is below). Other than that, it was grey and rainy, like the video above. Supposedly this is pretty normal weather here, so I’m curious how many entries there will be on the blog in the future with the same title ‘rainy days’… Read more »
– day zero project progress of month no. 15 –
Updating my list of goals before moving to Spain was a great idea, because now my goals match my life very well. This month I made a lot of progress, which also helps to motivate me to continue with the project. If you’re interested in seeing the whole list, you can find my Day Zero Project 101 goals here. Read more »
My last Spain update was a little emigration vlog, so it’s been a while since I gave a proper update. In Mi Vida en España #2 I told you that my goal was to beat Ryan on Duolingo and that I’d keep you updated on this. All of a sudden it was not only Ryan; in the middle of the week Elisabeth appeared out of nowhere. No idea where she came from, but she was very motivated too. It took a lot of Duolingo-time, but… I did it. In the end of the week I was in first place of the Diamond League!
Okay, so now we have got that out of the way, we can get into the real updates. I registered myself in the city hall and I applied for a NIE-number. Read more »