“Time flies when you’re having fun”
It’s already my second week here in Madrid, and there’s nowhere I’d rather be. I can’t get enough of the city streets and the beautiful architecture here. I am all settled with my awesome host family. My host mom, Vanesa, and her two children, Adri and Nico, are amazing! I love my host siblings so much! Everyday I get super excited to see them when I get home. Adri is the sweetest little angel. She sings all the time and her voice is so good, especially for a 9 year old! She makes me want to have a little sister her age. Nico is so funny. He sings too, just not as well. He likes to play the guitar. Both of them know a lot of American music, and not just the mainstream Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber stuff. They like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mayer, and Jimi Hendrix. They make me excited to come home from work because even thought I’m usually exhausted, they energize me back up and make my day even brighter.
My job has also been great. I love my supervisor and my co-workers. They are all very young so it hasn’t been too hard to relate to them. They also all speak English, since I work at a school that teaches children English. It’s a blessing and a curse because I have no trouble communicating with them, but I want to improve my Spanish. I’m going to have to step out of my comfort zone and start speaking with them in Spanish, but it’s hard knowing that I have a safety net with English.
The company has different locations all around Spain. I’m lucky to see more of the countryside of Spain than I think a lot of people on this program are able to see because of my job. There are about 6 locations with my company that are all outside of Madrid. I’ve gotten to see some really beautiful sights going to these places. My favorite was in Montecarmelo. I was walking on my way to their facility there, and I was using Google maps. It tried to take me down a street, but a prettier pathway caught my eye. I had to go down it. It was still on a paved road. But then, a little bit down that road, I saw a small dirt path. My curiosity got the best of me and I took it. Lo and behold, it led me to one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen:
I didn’t even know Spain looked like this! It was breath taking. The mountains and the colors were just brilliant. This photo doesn’t even do it justice. I had to drop to my knees and thank God for where I was. It was a very spiritual and surreal experience. I was lucky enough to have a camera. I’ve started appreciating taking the roads less traveled.
When it comes to time management at work, I have started to have a routine that helps me manage my time very effectively. Everyday at work I have in-office hours and hours on sites later in the day taking photos and videos for the company. Everyday in the mornings, I set up my work area. Then I go through about 100 or so pictures that I took and I pick the 20 or so with the most potential. Then I edit those 20 in Lightroom which will take an hour or so. Once those are edited, I pick the top 10 that the company will use for Instagram and other media outlets. I will usually have to stop intermittently to film some events happening in with the children at our office location, and then editing whatever I just took on top of the other stuff. Overall that can take up to 2 hours. After that, I brainstorm with my co worker for a project we are working on together and edit what I can of it. We are making a video that showcases one of the main classes of the school I am working for. Once that project starts picking up, I think I will have less down time at work because I will have more to work on. During my down time, I have started taking it up with assignments for this class such as these blog posts, and discussion boards. I hope throughout these next couple of weeks I can tighten this routine so I get all of my work done effectively, but so far it has been pretty easy to manage.