Hi! Hola! It’s been a minute. I’ve been MIA for the past several months and decided to try and get back into blogging here semi-occasionally. Here’s a little bit about what’s been going on.
I got my residency!
This is the most exciting one because it means Spain can’t kick me out for (at least for the next five years)! The last time I posted, I was still hanging out in legal limbo—I had the right to be here due to my civil union, but my official residency card still hadn’t been approved. That all changed one sweltering morning in August when I lined up outside the immigration office to pick up my card. (On which they somehow managed to put an address I’ve never lived at. But that’s not a huge deal.) It was all I could do not to skip out of there and to the nearest cafe for coffee and a well-deserved chocolate napolitana. See you in five years, extranjería!
I got two new jobs and became autónoma
At the end of last school year, I started interning with a company I’d admired before I even set foot in Spain. Devour Tours is a food tour company dedicated to connecting people to Spain and its cuisine in an authentic, meaningful way. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to slowly-but-surely get back into doing something I’m passionate about: travel writing and communications. After a successful 6 month internship, they brought me on board as a freelance content writer. That required me to register as autónoma, or self-employed, here in Spain. I’m still trying to figure out how taxes and whatnot work for that, but overall it was a fairly easy process and the pros seem to outweigh the cons. Not having a fixed amount of money coming in every month (and then having to pay social security out of my own pocket, since it’s not automatically deducted from my pay stubs like it is for normal people) can be challenging for budgeting, but I like how this gives me the opportunity to create my own career. There aren’t a ton of PR and marketing opportunities here in Córdoba, so while being self-employed means more personal responsibility, it allows me to create my own path however I can by searching out opportunities I’m passionate about.
Oh, yeah, and I’m still teaching. Online, from the comfort of my own home. I spend a few hours every day teaching English over the internet to children in China. For someone who doesn’t want to spend the rest of her life teaching, I actually quite enjoy it. I don’t have to plan lessons or run all over town like I did for private classes, and the pay is much better as well. I also like being able to set my own schedule and teach when it works for me. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, click here and I’ll walk you through the application process.
I moved (again)
I’m currently on my fifth apartment since I moved to Spain in 2015. Yikes. From a three-bed-two-bath in a tiny town that I lived in on my own, to a temporary summer sublease with 7 Erasmus students (who were all nice, but never again), to my Piso from Hell, to another much calmer piso with much nicer roommates, to my current place. In September, my boyfriend and I moved in together. We live in a beautiful, brand new piso in a quiet residential neighborhood. It’s a little further out than we originally would have liked, but we fell in love as soon as we saw the inside.
I celebrated the Christmas holidays in Spain
Finally! I went home the last two years, so 2017 was the year I finally got to experience Christmas, New Year and Reyes in Spain. From a gigantic Christmas Eve dinner to hilariously attempting to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight to finally exchanging gifts on January 6, the holidays in Spain are unique and special. I’m glad I got to be a part of things this year.
I went to Valencia
I’ll probably write a full post with pictures at some point (update: I did), but yeah. We spent a long weekend in Spain’s third-largest city back in December. It was surprisingly cold for most of the time we were there, but we had a great time and it was a much-needed break.
That’s about it! Hopefully from now on I’ll be able to write here a little more frequently.