A little over two weeks after the first of January and am now feeling the newest year we all have. It’s finally 2018 in my calendar!!! My new year came a little later and I don’t know why I was a little stuck in 2017. Last year has been tremendously a life changing year for me. 2017 is definitely one of the most challenging, yet still of of the best years I ever had.
Shall we have a quick review of the year?
I entered the year 2017 as graduating student, which means I was so busy accomplishing requirements for graduation. I can call the first few months of 2017 as my “Thesis Days” because I can’t think of anything more important than my thesis during those days. How can I forget those sleepless nights and sleepy days? Those days were undoubtedly difficult, but it was all worth it.
Right after those difficult times (Thesis Days), it was graduation time! I think college graduation is definitely a milestone in anyone’s life. College may or may not lead us to whatever career we will have in the future, but it’s a big part of our lives. No matter how cliche this may sound, it’s the end and the beginning.
Right after graduation, we visited America for almost a month-long vacation. I went there twice in two consecutive months (which is really crazy). I feel like we had some crazy decisions for our travels that time. The first crazy decision was when went to the USA on the night of my graduation, and my graduation is in the evening (It’s crazy because we all know the traffic in Manila is crazier). Second is when I went back to the USA a week after we got back to attend a birthday party. Although it sounds tiring, I enjoyed it because who doesn’t like to travel? I also had the chance to meet my relatives there whom I only know from pictures and stories. It was really fun and I wouldn’t mind going back to visit them again.
Of course, 2017 also contains one of the major life decisions I’ve ever had – to work in Spain. Towards the end of the year, I flew to Spain to work as a language assistant.So much have changed since I got here in Spain. I know that I grew and became more independent. I will always remember the girl who can’t even push her own luggage on the cobblestone sidewalks of Logroño, who was so afraid to go out because she doesn’t have mobile data and she might get lost, and who wouldn’t even try to buy food because she’s so afraid to talk in Spanish and she so afraid of running out of pocket money. That girl grew up well during her three months here in Spain.
And of course, since I’m living in Spain now, I’m an official resident and an official tourist too! I always try to visit places in and outside of Spain. So far here’s the list of places I’ve visited in and outside of Spain for the last three months – Arnedo, Madrid, Navarete, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Burgos, Seville, Lisboa, Fatima, Sintra, Nalda, Seville, Granada, Cordoba, Valencia, and Barcelona. It’s a long list, but the list of the places I still want to visit is definitely longer. Every place is interesting because there’s always more to what the eyes can see. I never traveled this much before within a year and that’s why I’m loving 2017 even more! I’ve been a lazy writer, but I’ll try to write about those places soon.
Looking back, the year seems so short but so much have change and so still so many things are about to change.