For good or for bad, I know that I will remember this past month for the rest of my life. I know this sounds very dramatic but it is true! Last month I mentioned that lots of things were going to happen during September and that I didn’t want to say anything so as not to jinx it. Well, everything went well in the end and now I can tell you all about it: the first thing that I have to say is that Juan & I got married and the second thing is that I will be moving to Austin, Texas, in exactly three days.
During September I was in Austin for two weeks while I looked for an apartment and we also got married there, so there are lots and lots of pictures for this month ( if this is my habitual state in my every day life, you can imagine how excited I was about everything when exploring Austin…) then I came back to Spain in order to deal with all the paperwork, say goodbye to my family, organize all our stuff, etc. I must admit that I am very happy and excited about this new period in my life as I really feel that after 6 years and 1 month of living in Madrid, the time has come for me to move on. I also have to admit that I have learnt a lot of things in this city: I met a lot of people and made good friends, I had the best cat in the world for two years, I cried, I laughed and I was excited and disappointed by lots of different things. I learnt how to drive and I explored most of the country with my car. I learnt to be adventurous and also learnt how to be kinder and not to judge people but, at the same time, I learnt how to be more assertive and defend my rights. I learnt how to work professionally and improved my skills with every project I did. I think I could sum it all up by saying that I somehow learnt how to be an adult. I still feel like I have lots things to improve but with every day that passes I feel more confident about myself and about what I want to do and even though I am grateful for the things that Madrid has given me, I also feel that this city is not the place for me at the moment. I am eager to explore somewhere new, to meet new people and, overall, to try and push my career further. So, fare thee well Madrid! And hello Austin!
And now, without further ado, here are September’s MPA:
I always go for long walks on Sundays. This was the evening before flying to Austin, the days were getting shorter and everything seemed a little bit mysterious because it suddenly felt like it might be possible for me to leave.
Later on, I went to get a bus and sat on a bench and saw this little house with 5 cats siting on its porch. The street was completely empty and I felt like I was in Ghost World.
We stayed in the East Side and I loved it. Everyday I would walk down a different street so I could see all the different houses (and cats). This one had a little altar dedicated to the owner’s mother.
After spending my days looking for an apartment or dealing with paperwork or getting things sorted out I would get back to our room exhausted. One day I lay on the bed and looked up and saw this. I thought that, perhaps, Austin might be a suitable place for me.
Austin is very different from the European cities I have been to mainly because there is no city center with lots shops lined next to each other like we have here, everything there is scattered, but there is this one street with lots of cafes and I saw this mural there. It was pretty cool.
We did a lot of things together that day and then we walked back to our room. We were going past this lake and saw a man with a canoe. He then called his dog and it ran and jumped into the canoe and they both sailed away together. It was amazing!
I went to the triple A, an NGO that helps all the abandoned animals from around my hometown. I spent the morning there, first I took care of the cats.
And then I walked some of the dogs. I usually try not to go into good samaritan speeches but, please adopt animals like these instead of buying them, all of them were so grateful for any kind of attention they could get. It was a great day!
My sister made the most amazing cake ever for a late wedding celebration/small family get-together. She chose all the ingredients to suit my taste and I wish I was eating a piece of it right now. It was delicious.
And that’s it for now! Stay tuned for more adventures soon! xo