Explain why you’re in Spain?!

Murcia

Holaaaa.

Next country – ¡España!

Paris update –  A lot of things mildly got me down in Paris; the prices, the weather, the day to day harassment, the difficulty of going out and getting home without waiting around hours and hours for a bus or the first metro. That’s not to say I didn’t love living there because I bloomin’ did. I can honestly say I’ve been lucky enough to live 8 amazing months in a vibrant city that most only dream of exploring as more than a tourist. I didn’t have a dull weekend, explored endlessly and feasted my senses to some of the best art, food and culture in the world. And that’s all before I even mention the friends I made. Without gushing on and on I just want to put it out there that since September I’ve made the best friends EVER. Seriously, where have these girls and guys been hiding my whole life?! We all shared this experience together and making friends for life is probably the best and most unexpected thing to come out of it. So thank you everyone who made me laugh, fall over in a club, smile, cringe or just relax and have fun in the past 8 months. Once in a lifetime trip.

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Anyway, after bidding au revoir to my pals I listened to Honda and changed the situation

Next step.

I’ve moved to Murcia in the South of Spain today to join Kloe (pal from Paris) and some of her friends for a few months. I’m renting a room in an apartment with a German girl and another girl from Bolivia. It’s not a huge apartment but there’s a large bathroom and living room as well as a balcony so I’m happy with it 🙂 And rent is flippin’ cheap. I’d choose chilling out here in the sun to paying 4 times the amount in a big city any day (I’m talking about you London).

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The job situation is very relaxed; I’ve been in contact with a few language academies to show my interest in teaching English, 2 seem keen so I’m heading to my first interview this afternoon to see if the loose opportunity they’ve offered me still stands! I’m feeling pretty positive about it so I have in my head that I’ll have some set hours by the time I leave the office.

My first 24 hours have been equally as chilled (mainly because the gals were mega hungover yesterday and I managed to catch up on about 2 weeks of interrupted sleeping). We ish watched Game of Thrones; yes I broke my GoT virginity, dunno how I feel about it yet – maybe too many nipples on show and not enough jokes and trips to the mall for my liking. My flatmates are super chilled and friendly and I’m loving having a balcony to people watch from. I went for a walk this morning to see my side of town (I’m over the river so a bit separated from what I saw last time) and did a little supermarket shop, no dramas as of yet. Kloe took me to the gym to sign up this morning so I have at least 3 months commitment to at least attempt to get fit again.

I’ve got some boring errands to run; getting a local sim card, sorting language lessons, paying the last bit of my deposit and finalising jobs but thats the fun of moving countries! I’m actually feeling pretty content with life in this moment (cringe cringe cringe); did I get ridiculously lucky or is it in my nature to make situations work to my favour? No exams, no debt, my biggest stress is that I can’t drink the tap water, everything’s in walking distance, my sisters a ferry ride away and the tequila is cheap.

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Bring on the next few months señoritas

Mary

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Todays mood – Florence and the Machine, Shake it Out.

Walking tours, Walls and Wedding dresses – Berlin 12th – 14th June 2014

Europe

Nina couldn’t join me on my first full day in berlin as she had to do some work for uni but she gave me instructions on how to get Alexander Platz on the metro and recommended I do the ‘alternative’ walking tour. We had a group of around 15 of us; people were from India, America, Germany, France, England etc and our tour guide, Ryan, was scottish. Instead of the traditional sites Ryan showed us more of the graffiti of Berlin and explained the stories behind them. We saw the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin wall and took a walk around YAAM, a carribean and african beach bar. The guys working there were asking ‘hey my sister, when you be back again?’, probably thinking I was a lot more Jamaican than I am…

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I learnt loads from the tour and I didn’t lose interest even though it was 3 hours long, I definitely recommend it if you’re visiting Berlin, especially as it’s free! (You can obviously tip your tour guide if he did a good job). After the tour a few of us walked along the east side gallery, checking out the art work on the wall.
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That afternoon I was desperate to visit some shops so I headed to Postdamer Platz for some retail therapy; I was in need of a jacket as I only have a bright red sports jacket with me, but somehow left with a dress and pizza… I got the metro to Kotbusser Tor and stopped in some vintage store still looking for a jacket. One place looked more like a scene from ‘how clean is your house’ rather than a shop; piles of clothes almost reached the ceiling and you couldn’t walk from one wall to another without stepping on books, toys, shoes etc. I left there with a bright green jumper, still no jacket. This is what happens when I go shopping alone; I lose focus!
The next day Nina and I slowly made our to Frankfurter Tor, on the metro and tram stopping off at a coffee shop where every customer (excluding us) was on macbook, looking very unsociable. Humana is this huge 5 storey vintgage shop; we were there to meet Nina’s friend Phillip to buy a drag outfit for a parade. Before Phillip arrived Nina and I had a spare half an hour to kill so decided to try on some garish looking vintage wedding dresses. By time we were in them we had a bit of an audience waiting for us, an old man took photos of us while some woman were telling us that the dresses looked great and we should buy them. After the excitement of the horrible, itchy wedding dresses Phillip arrived so we started hunting for bright and shiny outfits for him. I finally found a jacket and Nina bought some amazing salmon coloured long shorts whilst Phillip bought 2 amazingly bright jackets. We stopped at a photobooth and stopped on the street after seeing 4 guys just staring at a puddle. The puddle was luminous green and we joined them to stare at it, trying to work out what it was and how it got there; aliens, spray paint, the liquid from a glow stick. We didn’t have a clue but it was cool to watch and we saw 3 more green puddles as walked on down the road, weird.IMG_1341
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We went to another cafe to eat paninis before heading home to sort out where we’d watch the Netherlands/Spain football match; Nina’s family home is in the Netherlands so it was essential that we saw the game. Watching it outside was ruled out as it was getting quite cold so we headed to her friend Thomas’ flat. Thomas is from Stevenage(-ish), about 10 mins from where I live and his friend Gordon visiting him is from St Albans, 10 mins in the other direction! Such a small world. We wanted Holland to win but we definitely didn’t expect it to be 5-1! German beer and a hilarious football match was enough to make Nina and I very happy.
Mary x