When Home Didn’t Seem So Far Away: A Year of Visitors
I am reminded how quickly times moves as I look down at my calendar. I have been back in US now for almost two months, missing Europe, missing Spain, missing my Madrid— but living fully and enjoying my American life. The transition between this life and that was rapid and really, quite flawless. I am back to what I left, but everything just different enough, and dare I say better than how I left it before. And I feel better too— more balanced, more present, more thankful.
As I left Spain, after almost a year away from home, to be honest, I felt like I could go many more months without making the trip back over the ocean. I realize, that this comfort I felt living so far from friends and family had a lot to do with the gift of steady visitors whose presence in my new life made the distance that separated us diminish.
What a life it was, with a beautiful freedom to move amongst countries for a long weekend. How blessed I was to be able to meet my mom in Germany, in Poland, and greet her in Spain, the thousands of miles separating here and there melting like magic.
I’m grateful my family traveled the miles to see me and allow me to share Spain with them. It took me almost a full year to polish my Madrid tour for my guests as I, myself met Madrid’s many nooks and crannies, but polished to perfection or not, Spain and Madrid didn’t disappoint.
Thank you to my friends and family who visited and for filling my experience with beautiful shared experiences. Your presence was a meaningful gift to me—- enriching you with Spanish sights, sounds, and flavors— but also feeling the life I created was better understood by some of the people who know me best.
My Sister’s Visit: November 1-10, 2014
[Madrid, Segovia, Sevilla, San Sebastián, San Juan de Paisajes, Hondarribia, St. Jean de Luz, Biarritz]
My Mom’s Visit: November 29-30, 2014
[Thanksgiving in Madrid]
My Dad’s Visit: March 26- April 7, 2015
[Madrid, White Villages of Andalucía, Ronda, Sevilla, San Sebastián, San Juan de Paisajes, Hondarribia, St. Jean de Luz, Biarritz]
My Mom and Brother’s Visit: June 4- 8, 2015
[Madrid, Avila, San Lorenzo de El Escorial]
My Friend’s Visit: June 20- 29, 2015
[Madrid, Burgos, San Sebastián, St. Jean de Luz, Biarritz, Pamplona, Zaragoza, Valencia, Toledo]
Here’s to many more European adventures with friends and family….