Well, Evie and I are really going to Spain. I wrote a few months ago about the possibility of spending a few weeks in Spain during the month of June. Evie and I will have the opportunity to stay with a Spanish host family.
M and I talked it over extensively during December and decided that we could make it work. Evie will be young enough that we don't have to buy her her own seat on the plane, which cuts the cost in half. Also, my dad offered to go with me to help me out. He LOVES to travel, and the timeframe worked for him. He won't be staying with the family with us, and will probably travel around Spain a bit on his own while we are there. M agreed to letting us go for 2 and a half weeks, a compromise between my preference to go for 3 weeks, and his preference that we only go for 2 weeks.
So, in January the planning began. Now that it's only a few months away, everything is starting to seem very real. We had to apply for a passport for Evie, and I had to renew mine. We've booked tickets to Barcelona, where we're going to spend a few days before moving on to Valladolid, the city where we'll be staying with our host family. The host family consists of the two parents, and three young-ish kids.
I'm nervous about the traveling, but I know that it will go quickly enough. The travel portions of the trip can only last so long. It may be hell, but it will end. I am looking forward to seeing how a family lives in Spain, comparing and contrasting parenting styles in the two countries, and learning more about the school systems. I am also hoping that I can make some connections to set up exchanges for my students in the future.
Oh yeah, and it's Spain. The gorgeous weather, the amazing food, and the laid back lifestyle will make it all worth it in the end. I never dreamed that it would take 10 years for me to get back, but I know that if I don't do it now, it may be another 10 before I have this kind of opportunity again. Taking Evie will be amazing. She may not remember it, but I will.