Friday, September 23, 2011

Status report

Now it’s been two and a half weeks since I arrived. I can confirm that I am stuffed to the brim with new impressions. I had never been to Spain mainland and had no references. I came with a book full of clear sheets and these sheets have quickly been filled with new experiences, impressions and adventures. 

There are many cultural differences, I can see this becoming a own category on my blog. I have seen a few but I'm sure I have only touched the tip of the iceberg. Spain is simply very different from Norway in many ways. Both good and bad I think. Things are different from what I'm used to. You really do need to have an open mind when moving to a new country!

I have as you know for now booked myself into a four week intensive course in Spanish here in Málaga. Why? Cause I have sort of wanted to learn Spanish for years but after a few half hearted intents realized that you don’t really learn a new language before you live where it’s spoken, and you’re surrounded by it every day on the TV (oh well, in theory, maybe not so much in my case, as you can read about here ), the radio, marketing posters in the streets and on the buses, personnel in the shops and eaves dropping to peoples conversations in the streets trying to understand a word or two. 

I did an evening class of Spanish once, and I did like it a lot, but we progressed so slowly that in the end I gave it up. And forgot most of it. 

Then came my passion for salsa. And I am not talking about the sauce you use on tacos, but the dance. The beautiful, energetic, fun dance from Cuba. I started dancing a few years ago. Quite by chance actually but I loved it from day one and quickly it became my passion, my fave hobby that gave me incredible amounts of joy and energy. The lyrics of the music are in Spanish and shortly after starting to dance I almost stopped listening to other kinds of music, and it was Spanish around the clock. At the gym, in the car, at home early and late. I love the rytms and the melodies, but I had no clue what they were singing. Still, it sounded so romantic somehow, and beautiful. 

So after a few years where Spanish sneaked in more and more in my life I kept wanting more and more to learn this language. Understand the songs. Be able to communicate with these people speaking so beautifully. 

And then I took the leap. I am here, and I don’t have a return ticket. I can stay as long as I want. I wanted to take one month at a time and see how it went. Lots can happen and you never know if you’ll like it in a new place, so my hope is to learn Spanish fast, get a job so that I can stay. For a while. Who knows how long. Many people back home have been asking me how long I am going to stay (probably those who didn’t understand why I would want to do this in the first place). 

Many people need frames and limits to everything, but I don't. I don't see why things and life have to be so predictable. That's part of the fun! 

I answer the same every time: “I will stay as long as I have a reason to” ...
If I don’t like it, if I don’t think life in Spain is fantastic, I won’t stay just because I might have said that I will stay, lets say one year. 

I am taking one day at a time and it feels fantastic! (Although I can see that soon I need to start thinking about what to do next, when these 4 weeks are over.)

Clementine tree! Very exotic for Norwegian señorita.


  1. SV: Ja jeg vet.. Elsker Postgirobygget ;) God fredag til deg også <3

  2. Man skal leve ut drømmene sine!:) bra du tok spranget..

  3. Jeg syns man skal gjøre det man har lyst til hvis man har muligheten. Så bli værende i Spania så lenge du kan. Hvis du ikke hadde reist tror jeg du ville angret senere på at du aldri prøvde.

  4. Yes, liker uttrykket "det er bedre å angre på noe en har gjort enn å angre på noe en ikke gjorde". Jeg er en drømmer og så glad for at jeg nå lever ut en av dem. Jeg kooser meg!