Today was an eventful ikea trip day. Since we don't have a car we had to hire a guy to take all out stuff to our house. He was suppose to come at 7pm to get us but he never showed. :-/ but thankfully guys hang out in front and charge a fee to take us. We finally got home and built our bed and put everything we bought away. :) it starting to feel like our little home.
But, I think today it finally hit me that this is for reals, and that I won't get to see most of you for a year. Everyone kept asking me if it hit me yet. I feel like today was the day. :-/ During our University orientation we got a quick power point about culture shock. And to me, I guess culture shock is different in a sense where I feel that a true culture shock would be moving somewhere like in a village in Africa or Indonesia. Not to a huge city in Madrid. But part of culture shock has to do with stages of feelings, and home sickness. And with that I can relate. I am trying to to think about it but even writing this makes me sad. I kind of feel better when I don't have Internet because i dont check Facebook, and I don't have a chance to see pictures of all the people I love to be around. It hurts me. But I know this is part of that "culture shock" and all these feelings are part of moving away and experiencing something new. I also know this is just the beginning and it's a huge change, so I just try and keep all these aspects in mind. I also know that Brians home sickness is missing Santa Cruz. He checks surf line constantly and I feel so sad that his passion is no where near here. But, don't get me wrong, Madrid is beautiful and I will start taking full advantage of the time I have here as soon as we are settled in. Anyways, we are almost all settled in to our little studio and we start working on Monday. I am really excited to start working, feeling busy, and also starting at University of Alcalá. I am actually excited to start on my thesis. So with that said. I am not sure where the next blog will be because this is our last day at our temporary room rental where we have Internet. Tomorrow we move into the studio and we have no Internet, no form of communication. So hopefully we sign up with something soon so I can come back and write more. Miss you all! <3 Nat