As I write this I am currently back in Madrid, sat on the sofa of the hostel where I have somehow ended up working, waiting to hear if I have a job as an auxiliar de conversacion, and feeling pretty damn awesome. How I ended up here can only be described as a ridiculously fun but exhausting whirlwind summer holiday that started at my old university and ended with an hour and 45 minute delayed flight back to Spain…
My 10 months as an Au Pair have ended, and although overall I’d say it was a positive experience, as with any job it did not come without its nuisances and disappointments. Here is my very honest review of those ups and downs, what I think when I look now at the aupairworld.com website that first drew me to au pairing in the first place, and my advice for those thinking of giving it a go themselves… Beware, it’s a long’n!
I cannot believe that my post-uni gap year has ended and I’m back home in England for the Summer Plenty of travel bloggers have already covered the “how living abroad changes your life/is the best thing ever” subject, so here’s just a few of the main things I think about when I reflect on this past year….
“Here I will stay”
Before Christmas the pangs of homesickness made me feel a little lost and pessimistic about life here in Spain’s capital. However, since returning and getting back into the swing of things, I can honestly say I’m having a freaking awesome time.
Having felt homesick for quite a while, I was itching to get back to Inglaterra. I booked my flight way back in November, choosing to spend every single day off I had at home.
My last post was a thought I’d been dwelling on for a while now, but I can’t help but think it looks like I’ve left RHUL with a sour taste in my mouth. I didn’t, and there were plenty of splendid moments… These were the best bits:
- Donning a Toga and trekking round the local pubs in the cold, making friends for life in the Classical Society.
- Getting the Excellence Scholarship & funding 3 eye-opening trips with it.
- Attending the “Why Defend Education?” Debate and having my first taste of activism.
- Sprinting back to Runnymede after the infamous Mummy Drinking Game.
- Being diagnosed as Dyslexic.
- November 11th 2014 Student Protest.
- Writing my first Archaeology essay in the Principle’s Boardroom @ The Occupation.
- The Occupation.
- Lobbying the College council.