And so it begins.
I first spent time living in Spain as part of my university course some 22 years ago and it’s an experience I’ve always wanted to repeat. But life got in the way. In truth, I got in my own way.
But sometimes, like it or not, things change. The first big change that started to set me on this road was Brexit. I know there are still people who think it is for the best, but I am not one of them. I feel essentially European. I feel more strongly European than British. I feel that Brexit has stolen part of my identity. I feel betrayed.
The second big change was the ending of a long-term relationship. After seventeen years, we finally reached the end of that particular road. For the first few weeks I was lost, not knowing which way to turn. But as I started to find myself, I started to find my way.
Change is not always easy but it is a fact of life and cliché as it might sound, it is true: when one door closes, another opens, even if it is just within your own mind.
And after a little effort, the door to Valencia now stands open to me. I have been granted a career break, for which I am very grateful. I have been offered a place on a CELTA course, which runs from 21st January to 15th March. And I have been lucky enough to find a place to stay for a couple of weeks over Christmas while I find my feet.
There are still lots of questions: where will I stay after New Year? What will I do after my course? Will I find work? What will happen with Brexit and how will that affect my plans? But I have faith that the answers will come in time and that whatever they may be, things will ultimately work out just the way they are supposed to.
As Tara-Nicholle Nelson would say, things are always working out for me. All I have to do is enjoy the ride. Thanks for being here to share it with me.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton