Spain, Here I Come
You may have noticed that it’s been a few weeks since my last post. A lot has been happening here in Portland, most of which has been centered around the next adventure for this Jet Setter.
A few months ago, I applied for a position with the Spanish government as a cultural ambassador in their Ministry of Education. Last week, I found out that I was accepted! After much thought and consideration, I decided to accept the position and move to Spain.
The position they offered me is in the Balearic Islands, an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea between France, Spain, and Algeria. That’s right — I’ll be living on an island in the Mediterranean Sea! This place reminds me of the Greek island of Santorini that Katie and I visited while we were on our first European adventure. I’ve never been to this group of islands before, but I’m very much looking forward to living on them for the next 8-9 months.
This program is one that Katie told me about after she and my parents went to a school psychologist conference in Denver, Colorado last February. The program pays native English speakers to be language ambassadors to students in Spain and share their cultures with the Spanish kids. It will be quite a change of pace from what I’m doing in my current job as a project manager, that’s for sure.
Over the next few weeks I’ll find out more details, like the school(s) that I’ll be working in, the exact city/island where I’ll be living, and things of that nature. Right now I’m working on my Visa application, which from the sounds of it can take 4-6 weeks to process. I’m also making arrangements to pack up all of my belongings (sans two suitcases full of my cutest clothes, shoes and accessories) and putting everything that I own into storage.
Although this upcoming adventure is a tad scary and daunting, it’s also incredibly exciting. This is a great time in my life to do something a bit daring, and I never feel more alive than when I’m traveling.
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.