Monthly Archives: September 2009

Packing Traumas

So I know that packing is not an easy thing. I was never under any illusion that it would be, but seriously? OH MY GOODNESS, ITS STRESSFUL!  You see, when I am packing for a holiday I don’t try to stuff things in, I am quiet a sensible packer. Now packing to move is sooo different. I was kindly introduced to my new nemesis…baggage weight! I had to fit everything I wanted to take in a 15 kg bag and hand luggage bag that could be no heavier than 10 kg. Now you might say, ‘Why complain you have 25 kg altogether surely that is enough?’ Well when you have a laptop that with its case weighed 5 kg and the suitcase weighed 2 kg I didn’t have much room for anything else.

Now after my boyfriends skillful packing I got the clothes in that I wanted, even though there may have been some tantrums about why I needed 11 dresses, ‘that much make up’ and ‘that many books’. It was finally done and all the bags weighed the right amount. ‘Phew’ I thought.

Then I saw it, how could I have forgotten such an important thing in my life…My DSLR Camera that is usually fixed to my face. Ok, this Camera only weighs 1.5 kg I can fit it in, can’t I? Nope sorry, I was told. Maybe I could get it at Christmas? I thought about it for a millisecond and stopped. Why on earth was I contemplating this? This camera was coming with me! My first thought was to put it around my neck, then I was told it would be classed as hand luggage, I may have to pay an extra £30 for it! This was the last straw, my stress manifested itself into rage. ‘Take my clothes out I screamed! I don’t need clothes!’ In-fact, do I need my laptop, take it out, take it out? I had turned into a crazed woman and that camera was coming with me! Now I guess I could be excused by the fact that it was 1 am in the morning and we were traveling the next day at 8. We had been packing for two days, and previous to that I had thrown or let behind most of my things. Towards the end of trying everything, nothing worked, everything was so tightly packed. We decided that we would just slip it into my hand luggage and deal with it at the airport, if and when the time comes…and it didn’t. They never even weighed my suitcase.

I am so thankful for my boyfriends patience and understanding. I don’t think that I would have been in such a lovely place if he hadn’t have just let me be a pain and did everything he possibly could to help me. I am not usually this high maintenance…Well not always. 😉

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Hello Madrid!

Hello again, I have not written in a long time due to traveling around to visit family and friends and packing up my life in England. My life is now officially in my best friend basement (a slightly morbid thought). During the days leading up to the move to Madrid, I experienced so many bad emotions, that at one point I had to question; – “Was it really worth it?”

These emotions were, sadness that I was leaving my family and friends, anxiety about if I was going to have enough money to survive. Fear that I would not like it. Stress from packing my life up, putting a third of my clothes in my friends basement and throwing a third away (eek, trust me, this was a high stress time!) However, when it came down to it, all these bad emotions were out-weighted by the excitement and the desire to experience something new…and I am glad that I have done so!

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Nothing like a good list

I am not really known for my organisational skills, nor my ability to plan. I am usually a girl that will just do things (I like the phase “Fly by the seat of my pants”), however in times of need, when the world seems a little crazy I make lists. Sometimes the lists are forgotten about, but the act of list making tricks my brain into thinking that I am an organised person and that everything is right with the world.

The past couple of nights I have been having crazy dreams. Last night I dreamt that my teeth were dropping out one by one, my blood was everywhere, I was distraught and there was nothing I could do about it as I had no money to visit the dentist. I was told that maybe I was anxious about my move. I don’t feel too worried about my move but I guess subconscious has other ideas. So in good old list girl fashion, I am writing a to do list to try to comfort my poor subconscious into believe that I am doing the right thing.

Here is that list:

1. Work out which of my belongings will be moving with me in half a suitcase.

2. Collect and/or Photocopy all my important documents (Qualifications, Etc).

3. Find a job

4. Get my NIE (Numero Identificacion de Extranjeros). This is a number issued by the Spanish authorities to identify foreigners.

5. Register with a Doctor and Dentist. (Also find out where local Hospital is).

6. Research the best mobile network and get a Sim Card

7. Research and sort out Internet and Phone connection http://www.usuariosteleco.es/NR/rdonlyres/60BDEA53-B9A4-4916-A532-AE55D7B429A7/32398/44ADSLOFERTASBANDAANCHA050809.pdf <——–Helpful link

8. Research bank accounts and open one up. (What do I need to do in order to achieve this?).

10. Find somewhere to learn Spanish.

I hope this helps to stop the dreams. I kinda feel good about the list, now I have goals. Every time I tick something off, I will feel more in control of the situation. 🙂

17 Days until The Big Move.

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Warm Day In London City

Today is a warm day in London. These are rare here in England and even though we English long for sun to shine upon us and we get an excuse to ditch out coats and jumpers, we still complain “it’s too hot!’ As I sit here in the window seat of Starbucks drinking my Grande caramel, Soya, Machitto, resting my poor painful feet from the evils of my cheap plastic shoes, I watch business men  and women rush by looking restless from the heat, I wonder if it is only the heat which makes them restless or maybe something else. Could it be that they don’t enjoy their job?

I feel like a living advertisement here sitting in the window seat of Starbucks, while passes by gase at me, watching as I take a sip from my oversized branded mug. It’s funny, we are all products of branding, children of the corporate world some might say and there is little we can do about it. I despise it for what it has turned our world into but at the same time I love it! I sometimes get the feeling that my generation has everything and nothing to fight for and so we have no direction, other times I feel that we have so much to fight for and to change, but little is said about the worlds troubles and so we have this illusion of a perfect world. Quiet frankly, If people are being trafficked and there are still people sleeping on the streets that is enough for me to decided that we do not yet live in a perfect world.

I believe that to truly be happy, you must find out what you want your life to be like, go through change of thoughts and change of beliefs and design your own life as well as finding your own calling. Whether it is to my gain or my destruction I get the freedom to do that without having responsibilities that war, poverty or necessity brings with it and I am so thankful for that.

In little less than a month I will be moving to Madrid, I speak little Spanish, I don’t really have any money, no job as of yet, no friends out their apart from my boyfriend whom I refuse to rely on. It is gonna be tough at the start but if I don’t put myself into these situations then I will never truly know what life is about.

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Hello

Today I have decided to start a blog, mainly to document my time in Madrid which is where I will be moving in 19 days from England. It’s exciting and scary  and i’d love to remember all the ups and downs that I experience along the way. I speak very little Spanish and can only understand Spanish if spoken slow…(which the Spanish are not known for), So how I get by is going to be interesting…Eek, am I insane?

I plan to teach English while I am out there and surround myself in the language and culture as much as possible so that I can enjoy growing up knowing and have experienced how other people live. Oh and enjoy the warm weather 🙂

I hope that my blog inspires, helps, and entertains those that read it. I am more than happy to receive comments or answer questions.

Thank you for passing by my blog and I hope that I see you here again shortly. 🙂

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