In place of flips flops I've bought some really great Pumas that allow your feet to breath. They're a heavy mesh that covers your feet but keep them cool at the same time. I think that's a pretty great compromise!
I have bought a DVD case that will hold 100 discs, and I have had to carefully pick which movies will be making the trip with me. Of course I have to take a lot of movies to reference with my thesis (including every single feature film by Almodóvar) as well as movies and TV shows that instantly put me in a great mood (Ab Fab, The Lady Vanishes, Reinas etc).
That being said, I will be teaching English during all 8 months of my stay. Although I won't be able to converse with many people in English, I will be passing on my knowledge and love of the language. If I can't speak it all the time, I might as well spread it. :)
In Spain I will be walking, biking and using public transportation. After my love letter to personal transportation, I do have to admit that Europeans have it together in regards to public transportation. Who needs a car when you can use the subway so easily? Luckily Palma has a metro system as well as a great bus system. It'll be much easier than having a car. Additionally walking and biking will help keep me in shape. I was in the best shape of my life when I had no car, and I'm looking forward to that again.
But who the heck cares?! I'll be living in Spain! If I sit and home and watch movies all day then I'm really missing out on the wonderful country I'm in. Who needs to spend their money on movies when they can go out and enjoy Mallorca for free?
But it's time to step out of my comfort zone. Spain has a glorious selection of different dishes, and I can't wait to sample them all. I'll try the weird, the gross, the ugly. I'm sure it'll all taste wonderful. Hopefully I'll leave Spain with a deep love for tapas.
But they've got theatre in Europe, too. :) Understatement? Hopefully I'll get a chance to audition and perform in Spanish (a long-held dream of mine). At the very least I will be able to see a wealth of great theatre. Palma has an auditorium which brings in touring shows and concerts. Additionally a short flight to Barcelona will give me a wealth of theatrical options. From musicals to drama, Barcelona has them all. Looking forward to seeing some stuff at the Barcelona Teatre Musical, Teatre Victoria, Teatre Apolo and El Molino.
Although without DP I may lose a little weight. :) It's good, but if it's not available there's nothing I can do about it. I'm sure I'll find something equally addicting in Spain. Fanta?
I sure hope I do make some friend in Spain though. It'll be lonely if I don't. I'm sure they're very friendly, and I can't wait to find some new buddies to spend my time with. It'll not only help me learn the language, but it'll make me feel more at home.
Luckily our planet isn't THAT big. Planes are wonderful inventions, and I'd love for them to come visit me. *hint hint* Also I have Skype and can stay in contact with them, as well as my friends.
So as y'all can see, I'll be giving up a lot of things in my life that I'll be sad to live without for 8 months. Of course I'm not complaining. What doesn't kill me will make me stronger, and I'm sure I will find 10 more things in Spain I won't want to leave behind when I come back. Life is good!
Tyler from Texas