I'M MOVING TO MADRID
(as in Spain/España/Europe/OMG/WTF)
I have been finger printed, got an FBI report (no records uncovered, phew!), the Secretary of State gave me the official Apostille stamp, I have my four passport size photos, my visa application, official record of my health, immunizations and mental sanity (dumb luck), I have proof of employment, savings (pennies), income, planned travel itinerary (unplanned), a new passport (brand spankin new!), photocopies of passport, a money order for the visa, a visa appointment (July 3rd) and let me see...
Am I forgetting anything? Probably.
My employment is through a grant from the Ministry of Education - better known as the Language and Cultural Assistants of Spain program. The position is part time, so I am also actively seeking consulting and interning opportunities with SEITAR and other intercultural firms. Of course I will also stay active with InterNations and you know me... networking like crazy :)
I am designing my new Madrid life via Pinterest --- and dancing around the blogosphere of expats in Spain... slowly its starting to feel REAL, but I still have a few months until I depart (in September).
As some of you know, I like to be warm (all the time). I also like to be near the ocean (or at least water). Madrid is neither near water or warm all the time. So, it took my spoiled California gringa booty a moment to adjust to the idea of being in the MIDDLE of a country at 2,000ft above sea level sans agua. I had originally asked to be placed in Barcelona (partially because its called Barça for short, and I think the ç is really cool) and also because its near water and has a warmer climate. However, the program was cancelled in Barça due to the financial crisis in Spain. Oops.
SO MADRID IT IS...
I still have lots of things to figure out, like...
Where will I live?
What will my job be like?
Will I start speaking Spanish with a lisp?
Will I root for Real Madrid or Barça?
Where do I begin?
|(Wine regions of Spain)|
Who will visit me first?