After the hair-pulling, rushing, stressing process of obtaining a Spanish visa, it was delivered to my door step in two weeks.
After ripping open the flat envelope, I wondered… Why was I told it might take up to 3 months to get this little 2-week-delivery baby!?
Maybe I was just lucky. Regardless, I couldn’t be more excited and relieved.
Christmas present number on my wish list… check.
As I opened actual Christmas presents this year, somehow next semester sneaked its way into every thank you. After a few gifts, I had to filter my responses so I wouldn’t drown my family with “Spain” responses.
This striped shirt is perfect for weekend-traveling in Europe!
Oh my goodness, tennis shoes!?? You know what these will be great for? Walking in Spain!
Ah, yes! Facial lotion! Just what I needed for Spain!
My mom narrowed her eyes at me.
“You can’t take everything you own to Spain.”
“There’s always a way to make it fit!” I insisted mischievously.
“No, no there’s not.”
“We’re all going to sit on the suitcases until they zip,” was my answer, enhanced by an encouraging smile to the rest of my family.
“……Just open your next Christmas present.”
Regardless of unrealistic packing expectations, I’m ready to trek forward into the new year!
A week and a half ago, I waved farewell to La-La-Land with a final dessert date with my closest friends. Following our strict traditions, we grabbed double chocolate cake, tea, and gossip at our favorite hotel on Sunset Boulevard – the Chateau Marmont.
If gold was a flavor, this West Hollywood celebrity hangout spot would be dripping in it. And frosted in appealing ambiance.
But, somehow, as I glanced at the laughing socialites around us, fur coats and all, I felt a sense of relief that I would soon be discovering more. I know there’s more out there than the glitz and glam in Orange County and LA.
And I’m ready to be swooped away and fall in love with the romance of it all.
A Spanish proverb reads:
Bueno es culantro, pero no tanto.
Spices are good, but not too many.
You know what that means? All things in moderation. Bye-bye Orange County. Hasta la vista.
¡¡Hola la vida de España!!