Au Pair Take Two #6: the last day // el día final.

This past week has gone slowly but as always the end of the week is about to arrive and that means I’m off onto my next adventure already. Today has been a week of birthdays of friends back in the UK and I can’t believe I’m not there to throw some massive celebration. I love birthdays. I love love love them. So Richard, Simon, Marta and Lins (for tomorrow).. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVELIES.

María has her own make-up and beauty business so she was kind enough to give me a manicure and pedicure ahead of my new job and holiday to Lisbon! It’s a deep pink and it looks better on real nails than the tester nail! I have also dyed my hair. But this isn’t as exciting because I’ve dyed it (as close as I can to) my original dirty, darker ash blonde. It suits me (I hope!) but it is definitely duller compared to my glowing Marilyn Monroe blonde. I chose to do this because I just can’t deal with roots. They drive me crazy! Thus game plan is to have hair highlights (at a hairdressers) instead! Then it’s better for my hair in the long-term and I don’t have to deal with having such a contrast in roots/dyed hair colour! After I had applied the dye and washed it out. I did have a moment in front of the mirror where I thought my hair looked green.

Luckily it is not. But it would be my luck if it had turned out to be!! The Spanish are quite funny. They are very good at being late. Everything is always about ten minutes later than it should be yet the structure of their language is so immediate. This paradox is baffling to me even it may seem like nothing to anyone else. We don’t conjugate our verbs when we ask someone to do something like a command yet the Spanish do.

For example:
“Drink it” – “Bebalo” (original verb = beber)
“Do it” – “Hazlo” (original verb = hacer)

I also am amazed by how the Spaniards can chat forever. I understand that María and Alejandro don’t have the liveliest social life as they work so much, but when they see people in the shopping market, street, etc. They can talk forever. Even if we’re running late, they will be in no rush to get to wherever they need to be. I find that in England we’re a lot more aware of our commitments and schedule and prioritise them. It’s also quite evident that if we see people we know (well or not), we don’t stand to chat for ages – unless it’s your mum seeing an old friend in Waitrose for the first time in a few months. Additionally, a few of us fear to have to stop to chat because it’s common courtesy because what we’ve got on our job list cannot be interrupted by conversation! So I love this chatty atmosphere but I think I find it quite confronting at times. And that’s culture for me!

Moving on…

We’ve been out and about a bit this week. We had to buy and few things for the girls for school as Aitana started on Wednesday and Alejandra starts on Monday. Alejandra is going to a bilingual school which is awesome. I wish they had them in the UK. Not just European schools where a lot of the kids are brought up to be bilingual anyway… But schools where half the classes are in the other language or even better, all the lessons are in the other language. It would improve language skills so much quicker!! But that’s for a future Britain when our education system finally understands the need to learn a few languages ourselves. Anyway. We haven’t done that much else. With the parents at work most of the time, the girls are only interested in going to the pool and watching TV. I have packed mostly for Madrid now. (I fly at midday tomorrow!! Yay!) And I seriously wonder at how I fitted all my stuff in originally….. I sent a box weighing nine kilogrammes to Madrid whilst I was with Shirley that had winter clothing and things for my room. Following this, I’d expect there to be some space in my suitcase?! Alas, no. I am once again sitting on my suitcase to shut it. How is that possible?! I’ll admit to buying a few items whilst being here but that’s clothing! Does anyone else on their year abroad have this problem? (I’m going to go ask my friends right now..) I know one of them took at least two normal sized suitcases with her! I guess I could admit that I have too many clothes and shoes. However when you are so accustomed to all this clothing etc… How are you supposed to go and live somewhere else without it?! Okay – simple answer – yes, just pack on of each thing and buy it out there. My answer (and everyone

Following this, I’d expect there to be some space in my suitcase?! Alas, no. I am once again sitting on my suitcase to shut it. How is that possible?! I’ll admit to buying a few items whilst being here but that’s clothing! Does anyone else on their year abroad have this problem? (I’m going to go ask my friends right now..) I know one of them took at least two normal sized suitcases with her! I guess I could admit that I have too many clothes and shoes. However when you are so accustomed to all this clothing etc… How are you supposed to go and live somewhere else without it?! Okay – simple answer – yes, just pack on of each thing and buy it out there. My answer (and everyone elses..??) – yeah but this top/shoe/trousers/towel…. teddy…!! And you pack it. Anyway. I am excited. I’ve picked my outfit to wear for when I meet my new flatmates. We’re going out for dinner somewhere tomorrow evening which is lovely of them. I wonder how hot it is in Madrid… Hopefully a bit cooler than here… Enough babbling! The next phase of the year abroad is so closeeeeeee!!

Xo.

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British. Foodie. Traveller. Cat-lover. being a twentysomething and trying to have an adventure at the same time, speak chinese, spanish, korean and english, hence: this is the life of a language student, now transformed into georgettaloretta.com ! xo.