The year abroad isn’t always a picture perfect experience; many of us will feel a mixture of euphoric moments and also periods of homesickness, loneliness and self -doubt. It’s completely normal to experience extreme highs and lows and I’d like to talk about my own experiences of living abroad in Spain so that if you are on your year abroad/ thinking about planning it, then you know that you are not alone!
The ‘not so great’ things:
- Discovering the ‘No pasa nada’ attitude, particularly when applied to bureaucracy.
This mentality is applied to all aspects of life. Can’t find an apartment? No pasa nada. Don’t know when you’ll be paid? No pasa nada.
- The language barrier
- Little support from the British Council
- F.O.M.O (Fear of missing out)
The positive sides of Spanish culture
- The opportunity to meet new friends and create a new social group.
- Limitless opportunities to travel
- Independence and freedom
Honestly, I have no idea what the rest of my year could bring. I can fantasise about my dream year abroad or I can go out and live it; the latter is what I intend to do. This year isn’t perfect- it’s real life and its what I make of the experience. I’m learning that some things are out of my control but all I can do keep on looking at the bright side and take the good with the bad.