Having spent one academic year as an au pair, there is a lot I wish I´d have known before I signed up for the job. Here is my list of questions you should ask yourself before deciding if it is right for you:
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”
The wonderful thing about living in Spain has got to be the heaps of public holidays and PUENTES. They are the best, and seeing as I work 7 days a week I try and squeeze everything I can out of them. In March I visited Segovia & Teledo; two small historic cities just half an hour from Madrid…
Barcelona > Pamplona > Barcelona > Paris > Lille > Frankfurt > Berne > Geneva > Verona > Rome.
It was my first backpacking experience, and unsurprisingly it consisted of many ups and downs. I saw 9 cities over two and a half weeks; some I’d been desperate to see for years, and other’s that had never crossed my mind until they appeared to be logical stopovers between long train journeys. All in all I have mostly fond memories of those 17 days, so nearly 3 years later I’ve finally decided to get on and write about it…
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.