September’s MPA

 

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.

Waiting to board the plane.

I had to fly to Chicago which takes around 9 hours and 30 minutes. I watched adventures in babysitting and then I worked on my script .

After a certain amount of hours went by I started to struggle to keep myself entertrained.

Once in Chicago, which has to be the coldest airport on planet Earth (just after the one in the Antarctic, that is) , I took a plane to Austin. This is somewhere in between those two places.

After around 19 hours travelling, Juan picked me up at the airport and we decided that the first thing I should do was eat some mexican food.

We had booked a room through airbnb and when I woke up the morning after arriving and looked out of the window, this is what I saw.

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.

The bus took a long time to arrive so I just examined everything around me.

The Kleen Wash behind me made me feel even more like a character from Ghost World but then the bus finally came and I had to step out of my little mental film.

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.

A psychic’s house. I totally have to do a shoot here some day.

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.

I am sure all these things are commonplace for people from the US but everything is new to me, so hey, look at these super crazy jellies.

Insane cupcake-cakes.

Our hostess had this print in her corridor.

These were some of her books (her house was amazing but I only took these two pictures because I didn’t want to be nosey…)

La marketa de la visinda.

Piñata Land <3

I saw this incredibly awesome car in a garage.

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.

Magic light.

Lots of houses had this eye on it. While I know it is probably some neighbourhood watch thing, I rather believe it has something to do with a witchy-spooky-cat cult?

On Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Juan and I got married in a park under a giant tree. Here’s my eloping kit.

Hitched!

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!

The house by the bus stop (with the 5 cats).

This one became my friend and would ALWAYS come and say hello to me. You should be thankful that I am not going to live near him and that you won’t get tons of pictures of him from every angle…

Guadalupe mural on the side of the Kleen Wash.

East side cat.

Passion flower from outer space.

Jumpolin: a shop that sells taliban piñatas. ?!?!?

A local Austin artist left this on the sidewalk.

Happy tree I saw on my way to the supermarket.

Flower crosses for sale in the supermarket.

Some evenings I would go jogging. One day I saw this little league training.

Then I saw this poster for Peaches the missing dog, who obviously saw something very shocking before running away.

And I saw the sun set by the ladybird lake.

Good morning.

We left the East side and moved into our new apartment. This is the view from the living room.

During my last day in Austin I saw this Daniel Johnston graffiti.

Tejas: realidad o mitología? game at the airport.

22 hours later I arrived in Madrid. Rauli was patrolling the street, as usual (it seemed like I had never left).

I resumed my patrolling of the beautifully awkward teenagers in my neighbourhood, as usual.

I gave away my small garden.

Witchy/Fall vibes.

My life in Madrid.

I opened the first one of all the journals that were in the box above and saw this. I then decided that I was not willing to go on a nostalgia trip.

I drove down to my hometown in order to say goodbye to my family and leave my car there. When I went to see Jagger & co my cousin asked me to help her bather him! He was so well behaved.

My life in Marbella.

I found this picture amongst my Marbella diaries. This was my Rosemary Woodhouse phase.

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!

Then I spent the afternoon with Caro and we walked crazy Anouk.

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.

My sister and Lily, her youngest daughter.

And that’s it for now! Stay tuned for more adventures soon! xo

 

29 Comments

  1. Jen, te deseo las mejores aventuras en EEUU, de una manera extraña siento que te voy a echar de menos (¿? yo que sé!). No sé si te lo he dicho alguna vez, pero visitar este sitio y ver topdas tus imágenes y tu manera de escribir y percibir las cosas me deja siempre tan buen rollo!
    (si tengo faltas de ortografia o palabras sin sentido pido disculpas, tengo el monitor muy lejos de mi cara y a pesar de llevar las gafas puestas no veo un pijo y no puedo ver lo que estoy esrcibiendfo, qué triste!)

    • Jaja no te preocupes! Te entiendo perfectamente : ) Pero a efectos prácticos, va a ser igual, seguiré posteando mis MPA y demás cosas y seguiremos en contacto. Me alegra mucho que te guste el blog y las cosas que cuento, me anima a seguir haciéndolo y poner cosas más personales de nuevo. Gracias! Iré informando de las aventuras ( por ahora te cuento que con todo el rollo de la mudanza he perdido los brazos semi-linda H.)

      xoxo

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