A Dream I Will Never Forget

5 months seems so long to be in one place and I cannot tell you how glad I was to have that time. Living in one area for a long period of time is so much better, in my opinion, than a quick vacation. You are able to really get to know the people around you and have a weekly schedule. You can form relationships that will last forever and do things that you would have never been able to do on a week’s holiday.

About a week before I left, I met with a Spanish singer (who embodied lady gaga) to help with her English pronunciation for her new song. There are so many little pronunciation intonations in English that I did not realize were so difficult, even after being in Igualada for almost 5 months. So we worked for around 4 hours, making sure she sounded as native as possible for her song. After taking an intro audio production class in college, I fully appreciated the massive amounts of technology the producer had in the small studio inside his apartment. After changing a few of the lyrics to make more sense in English and then practicing, we went into the studio and started. That day, I felt I was a part of something really big and it was an incredible feeling. I hope one day she makes it big and I can see her in concert as she is traveling around the US.

So I think it goes without saying that what I will miss the most are the people I’ve met here. There are ones I know I will most likely never talk to again in my life. The friendly workers at the cafe I probably frequented a little more often than necessary. The helpful woman always working at the front desk in the gym. But there are those that I will be sure to keep in contact with thanks to Mark Zuckerberg. The au pairs, the professors, and those friends originally from Igualada. My private lessons and my class at la confiteria. Those from the English meetings once a week at L’Ateneu. My host family with the two adorable children I lived with. I am so excited to see how the kids in my host family change as they get older and learn more English. I know I will keep in touch with my host family over email, the occasional Skype, and some postcards here and there. The students in my classes were always so kind and very motivated to learn English, as were my friends at the English meetings. I enjoyed coming to every class because I did not feel like a teacher, I felt like a friend telling a story or talking over a cup of coffee. They contributed so much to my time here and I learned so much from them. They shared stories about their own traditions in Igualada and seeing them every week allowed me to feel as if I was experiencing and sharing the culture with them. The freedom as an au pair is very rewarding and I was able to spend time with au pairs/professors/locals everyday. We explored the city, got a cafe con leche at a shop and share stories. It has been amazing meeting people from all over the world.

I’ll miss this place. This was temporary and I’ve always known that. I am an optimistic, but realistic person, and I don’t honestly know when I will return to Igualada or Europe. While life can give you all sorts of surprises, I feel like I will never have the opportunity to take a 6 month break and travel Europe again. Going back to the US, to the life and traditions and habits I had become accustomed to, may make my time here in Spain feel like a dream. Even so, it has been a great dream, one I will never forget.

Faith Lindsay is currently participating in the CE Au Pair in Spain program.

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