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  1. Trevor Huxham
    January 8, 2013

    This post makes me even more uncertain about how Spain features in my future; I just got back from a trip to France for my auxiliar vacaciones de Navidad, and I was very surprised at how much I missed Spain even one week into the trip. I ended up returning to Spain earlier than I had planned (still traveling, though) and it really concerned me how elated I was when I got back in the country. I don’t know what that means…but what I do know is that I <3 Spain.

    BTW I totally lol'ed at your opening story and accompanying picture 😀 Reminds me of when I dragged a massive suitcase, backpack, and messenger bag all across Madrid in September because I had no idea what "consignas" meant at the time. Smacking my head…
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      January 8, 2013

      I remember getting home from a trip to Prague and Budapest and pressing my nose to the window when I saw the olive trees. Spain feels like home now, so the original two-year max plan got thrown out the window pretty early on!

  2. Linda
    January 8, 2013

    Isn’t it fascinating how we all have different reasons for traveling or for staying. When I came to the Canary Islands (part of Spain for anyone who doesn’t know & reads this) I decided to give it 5 years (this because we moved almost lock, stock & barrell & to give my young kids a bit of stability…..wrong thinking, but it worried me back then.) Every five years I’ve run a mental check & am still based here after more than 25 years. In that time I’ve found quite a bit I dislike about the country to be honest, but it still has me hooked for now. I was lucky not to have any of the initial problems you did, though. Never had any regrets or second thoughts in the early years! Wishing you a happy & interesting 2013 :=)
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      January 9, 2013

      I’ve always lived Spain in one-year increments, too. Starting to change my thinking… Here’s sending you abrazos to your little isla, Linda! Good to hear from you.

  3. Beth
    January 8, 2013

    This post hits home, which is understandable since I just returned to the states after studying abroad in France. I’m scared of what the future may or may not hold – it’s full of uncertainty! But I know I will do everything I can do to end up back in France! Life in America seems too easy now. For example, I no longer have to think about what to say to the cashier at the Monoprix or to the employees at the open market. I actually really miss thinking in French…well, being forced to think in French. On another note, you are an inspiration! If I knew the URL to the last blog I wrote, I would put the link here; however, I don’t know it off the top of my head. But it’s on my fb if you ever want to read it. Writing it was actually a sad moment because it’s the last post of my Fall 2012, study abroad experience. It makes no longer living in France a reality.

  4. Beth
    January 8, 2013

    Ah-ha! I figured out the link situation with my blog! So this goes with my last comment. I hope you had a great holiday!
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  5. DJ Yabis
    January 8, 2013

    I love leaving abroad! I love the challenges and the excitement each day brings! There’s never a boring moment ;D
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  6. Matthew Hirtes
    January 8, 2013

    Despite getting married in Gran Canaria back in 1997, I never envisaged living here. Despite my wife’s desire to move back to her home island. Then came a fateful February day in 2004 when our then youngest son Alex contracted leukaemia. After a six-month residency in Great Ormond Street Hospital, we moved over for the extra family support. My wife’s from a sterotypically large Catholic family. Nearly nine years on and I’ve gone through much of the same struggles which you have, Cat. But I’m still here. We both are.
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      January 9, 2013

      Amazing how your partner’s family become your own – I was just the witness in my brother-in-law’s wedding! And, yes, we’re all still here for something, and we can all lean on each other (even if just to rant!). Saludos, M.

  7. Forest Parks
    January 9, 2013

    I met my partner on a trip to Montreal (I was scoping out where I may want to live in Canada). Suffice to say when I got to Canada 6-months later on my working holiday my intentions to travel the country kind of slowed and I ended up 2 years in Montreal! 6 years later we are pretty much permanent nomads and travel together now.
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  8. tobyo
    January 9, 2013

    I am so far behind in my blog reading for I have missed several of your posts. but this one pulled me in. I think I have mentioned some of this before….I chose to study abroad (all those years ago) as a junior in college as a way to learn Spanish better. I had always wanted to go to Europe so Spain seemed a logical choice. I remember as the plane touched down in Madrid feeling very scared and thinking “what have I done??” I too was very homesick and had the misfortune of falling in love the summer before my year in Spain. and I always say that had I not gone to Spain I’d have married and divorced him! So nearly 30 years later I returned to celebrate my 50th birthday and brought my hubby and then 10 year old daughter and we covered a lot of ground during our two weeks there. Both hubby and I fell madly in love with Malaga and hope to retire there in LESS than 8 years, if all goes well 😉 I can’t escape the feeling that I belong in Spain. Even tho I was homesick all those years ago, I did have a great year with lots of memories and I fell in love with Spain then. So….that’s my story. España te amo.
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      January 9, 2013

      Was wondering where you´d been! I had that same feeling early on in my time here that Spain was just right, and it still is. I think I’ll reach a point – if it ever happens – where it’s not right and I can make the decision to move on. Like I said, the coming was easy but deciding to stay is sometimes hard!

  9. Sam
    January 9, 2013

    “No one would be mad at me if I messed up and came home…” I think this concern is part of every voluntary move abroad to a terrifying new place, not just the one you embark on right after college :) Nice post.
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      January 9, 2013

      most definitely! I’ve known a few to stick it out oit of principle, which I can respect, but I made myself a promise of just eight months, knowing that I could full well stay or go just as easily.

  10. Tiny Girl with Big Bag
    January 11, 2013

    A few months ago I looked the same like you on the first picture. Packed with two suitcases I moved in Buenos Aires, and now living there. It is lovely to read about like-minded people :) Thanks for the mention!
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      January 11, 2013

      My pleasure! Thanks to you for contributing, and safe travels!

  11. Rachel
    January 12, 2013

    Hi Cat,

    Your blog is fun and packed with great information and photos, I´ve given you a Lovely Blog Award. Read more and get your Lovely Blog award here http://andaluciaexplorer.blogspot.com.es/2013/01/getting-and-giving-one-lovely-blog-award.html
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  12. Larissa
    January 15, 2013

    Inspiring words :)
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  13. Steph | DiscoveringIce.com
    January 15, 2013

    Great post and thanks for the mention! I can totally relate to so much of it! 2012 was my first full year abroad and while it has been one of the best years of my life, it has also been one of the toughest! Here’s to 2013 being even THE best and that I can put all those nagging worries to rest! :)
    Saludos desde Colombia!
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      January 15, 2013

      Agreed, agreed, agreed. It’s like a honeymoon phase! Enjoy yourself, mujer!

  14. wandering educators
    January 16, 2013

    i SOOOO love that we can explore and enjoy the world. love this story!
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  15. gabiklaf
    January 18, 2013

    i love your writing style dear and i LMAO to see all that luggage to start your travels with. i also love how you interwove so many other great bloggers into the story, and how different, yet the same the human spirit is. we actually had trouble leaving our amazing lives in israel and now, i think, have even more trouble imagining living back there again. oh, sigh. can’t wait to read more. gabi
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      January 18, 2013

      Thanks, Gabi! It’s pretty amazing when you stop and think that the world is waiting for you. Hope your family feels the same! Sending abrazos from Seville.

  16. Red Hunt
    January 22, 2013

    I really like this story – the honest, fearful yet fearless type of post. Just taking that step and realizing there are so many other great nomads and travellers out there surely helps keep the dreams alive. I’m trying to decide if a long-term move and learning Spanish is one of my next moves too…we shall see!
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      January 22, 2013

      Hi there, thanks for stopping by! The act of actually moving was thrilling and I was willing to take the chance. Then actually making a life here, between bureacrazy and job searches? Now that’sthe tough part!!

  17. Michi
    January 31, 2013

    You’re right, the time to make your choice will come, and even then, things can always change! For now, just enjoy your time in Seville and your traveling adventures, because you’re doing alright for yourself. And no matter what anyone says, your time there is priceless, and an invaluable learning experience.

    ¡Ay, como echo de menos mi España!
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      January 31, 2013

      I had no idea you went back to the States..you haven’t been showing up in my RSS feeds! Apparently you’ve been blogging!

  18. ArikaD
    February 9, 2013

    While it seems that you have had your fair share of trials and obstacles with making the decision to live and travel abroad, it is amazing that you have been able to settle in and make so many connections. Your story is very inspiring to me considering the fact that I am considering living in Spain after college. Do you have any advice for making such a drastic move? What has been your most exciting cultural experience while living in Spain? Thank you so much for this helpful blog!!
    -ArikaD

    • Sunshine and Siestas
      February 9, 2013

      Hey Arika! Thanks for getting in touch. I studied in Spain in 2005 and wanted to move abroad when I graduated in 2007 – fuera dónde fuera!! Th opportunity to teach in Spain sounded challenging and fun, and I’ve been teaching in Seville since then! Please feel free to get in touch whenever you like – sunshineandsiestas @ gmail. com, or subscribe for updates!

      As for cultural…does being married to a Spaniard count? Un abrazo.

  19. fizyoterapi ve rehabilitasyon
    February 13, 2013

    spain is really great country :) but i suggest Turkey , too. there are alot of historical and fascinating place :)
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      February 14, 2013

      Check out my posts on Turkey by clicking on the drop down menu! I went last Spring and was blown away!

  20. Katie McMullen
    March 7, 2013

    This is such a great entry. I feel like I’m ready exactly how I feel/what I’m doing. I just applied for the Auxiliares position as well as a grad school position in Madrid. After studying abroad for a year in Granada, it really did feel like a calling…I just had to go back to Spain.

    I am loving reading through all your posts! Makes me miss my querida Andalucia but it’s so exciting too!
    Thanks for the blogging inspiration too! The website is great :)
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      March 7, 2013

      Aw, thanks Katie! Whatever you end up doing, I’m sure it will be one of the best decisions you’ve made. If you make it to Andalucia, let me know! I’d be happy to buy you a beer (I’m getting a car from the Novio, so I’ll be mobile!). Suerte!

  21. Faro airport transfer
    June 30, 2014

    Hi, Great post. Thanks

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