Ahh, can’t you just hear Bing Crosby crooning away now? Well, I can…because that’s the song currently playing on Spotify…😉.
But you can’t imagine just how excited I am, because guess what? According to the countdown app, it’s only 13 hours and 3 minutes until I board my flight back home for Christmas!!! I’M SO PUMPED!!! I can’t wait to hug my family, Yashas, my cats, sleep in my bed, use a clothes dryer, feel carpeting under my feet, eat mac ‘n cheese, and a whole assortment of other things that I’ve been missing oh so dearly the last 3 months.
But I barely had time to think about home this past week because of everything going on!
First, I have a new place of residence! I’m now living with Lauren, one of the assistants at my school. I moved into her apartment in Villanueva de la Cañada with her earlier this week, and it’s been great! I’ve been enjoying living with her and I think we’re going to have a lot of fun the rest of our time here.
Second, our school had a Christmas program on Thursday, so we spent the week preparing for that! Each grade performed a Christmas carol for the entire school/parents, and it was SO CUTE to watch all the kids in their Santa outfits and holiday hats singing and dancing. I felt like a proud parent when I watched my 3rd and 4th graders perform! Afterwards, all the teachers went out and had a couple drinks together. I love my coworkers, and it was a good way to celebrate the end of a hectic week and the start of our vacation.
Third, it was one of the girl’s birthday that I tutor this week, so I was invited to her family birthday party! I got to hang out, eat snacks, and meet so many family members, with whom I got to practice my Spanish. It was really nice of them to invite me! The dad even said I was like family, which made my heart grow 3x its size, just like the Grinch’s. I really love working with that family and feel very fortunate to know them.
Fourth, Lauren, her friend Katie, and Clara (who lives in VdlC) went out in Villanueva de la Cañada last weekend. We assumed it would be pretty cool, considering there is a university in town and college students like to go out, but we were pretty disappointed. The music was pretty bad and everyone looked like they were 16 years old, but we still had a good time together.
Okay, that’s all for now! I gotta go finish packing for home! Next stop: THE USA!!! ✈️
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! 🎄 Enjoy your time with family and friends this holiday season!