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| IF THERE’S A BOOK OF JUBILATION’S |

It’s been awhile since I’ve put my adventures into writing. Although I’ve jumped into a routine of working 40 hours per week, dinner dates Monday and Wednesday’s, and going to the gym, I still manage to explore new parts of my city every week. I have also bought a new DSLR camera that I have been learning how to use. It’s been a great way to capture my new city the way I see it. Although there are moments of nostalgia and missing the coastal life – I have grown to like Madrid a lot in these past couple months. It’s simply a different way of life: from hearing a man playing the accordion on our street corner, buying churrors from a street vendor to buying my fruit and veggies from a fruteria. However, my newest venture living in a big city: taking the metro to and from work (which still remains an interesting part of my day). Whether I am able to embrace the 40 minute journey by taking a nap, or simply sit, listen to music, read, draw, or people watch – it’s always interesting.

In the past two months I have only ever felt uncomfortable once while riding the metro. I simply got off the car I was in and switched to another one. I figured if that wasn’t enough and I still felt uncomfortable for any reason there were enough people around to help me out. But I don’t want to linger on the negative.

In these past couple months I have really been able to embrace my passions that I haven’t always had the time for while at university. I realized I couldn’t go without playing music once I had been separated from my guitar for about a month: so I bought one for 60 euro. I’m lucky enough to have met Ryan who has been able to help me learn more about playing the guitar. However, most of the time I simply sit around and listen to him play. I have also started to draw again. Besides drawing a couple times during university, the last time I took time to sit down and draw was in high school (for art class). I’ve realized how much I enjoy drawing and how much more time I need to dedicate to sitting down and doing it. I hope over time to fill my sketch book so I can look back and remember every moment joined with the drawing.

I’ve realized this year will be the perfect time to embrace my love for the arts in every form – writing included. It’s been such a relief not having to worry about exams and 10+ page essays / articles. I spend way more time at work / school than I was lead to believe, so fumbling to take my keys out my bag and finally turning the lock to my building is always sweet-bliss. I enjoy the time at home, at the gym, exploring the city knowing that I have such limited free time to do this. However, not being IN school as a student for the first time has been a change of pace. No need to think about work outside of work. Once I leave the school grounds – that’s it. I’m done.

The weekends, of course, are never long enough. But, they have given me enough time to take some day trips outside of Madrid. I’ve made my way to Toledo and Segovia, thus far. All the cities seem to have a unique aspect about them, but at the same time they also all seem the same. Old cities, beautiful architecture, cobbled streets, tapas bars, and a train ride away.

I almost feel selfish saying that they all look the same, since not everyone gets the chance to ever see these places. But, I think that’s what travelling is about: finding those truly unique places that capture our hearts. At least, that’s what I’ve come to believe. It’s not that I’m looking for something particular. I know I’ll always have my heart in Maine – the mountains, the beaches, the small town life – but there is something else that I’m craving to find, I just don’t know what it is exactly. That’s the beauty of travelling.

It’s not hard to know that these are the best times of my life and life itself is simply making the most of what’s given to you. It’s about creating your adventures . . . or as Josh Ritter so beautifully wrote it:

So throw away those lamentations, we both know them all too well.
If there’s a book of jubilations we’ll have to write it for ourselves.
So, come and lay beside me darling, and let’s write it while we still got time. . .

So, I’ll keep writing mine and until next time – – Besos yabrazos<3

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I'm a native of Maine, currently living and working in Portland where I write about my favorite travels and new experiences. I have been published on various travel blogs as well as have collaborated on writing projects with companies such as the travel search engine Hipmunk and Spanish hotel chain Bahia Principe. When I'm not writing, I enjoy being on the ocean, sipping tasty wines, waking up to strong coffee, and sharing all these things with my friends. You can follow my writing at www.nativeofthenorth.me

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