Expat Update 07

Happier rainy time - photo courtesy of Harvest Noir 2012

Happier rainy time – Harvest Noir 2012

I’m not going to lie to you, last week was not a good week. I had every intention of making it a good week. I had plans: I was going to explore Madrid by taking part in a Free Walking tour, and then I was going to venture out and explore either Ávila or El Escorial (depending on how I felt that day). It was supposed to be a good week, and then it rained. It rained all day. It rained every. damn. day.

And if it wasn’t raining it was windy. Occasionally, it was both. Last week, Madrid’s weather was the definition of gross.There were a few moments each day where the rain would stop, the sun would shine and I would grab my coat and make a break for it. I’d spend a lovely half-hour walking (overheating because I overdressed, as I do so often in Madrid) and then the rain would start again. The rest of my outing would be spent ducking and dodging the droplets, scurrying from awning to awning trying to make it home as dry as possible. It didn’t work. I would inevitably end up soaked.

By Thursday, Stockholm Syndrome had set-in: I was being held hostage by the weather and I was done trying to fight it.

Photo courtesy of Flickr

Photo courtesy of Flickr

And then, right on cue the wallowing started. I was bored, which in turn made me feel boring–I couldn’t have filled a postcard with everything I’d done that week (well, I could have but it wouldn’t have been a postcard anyone would want to read). I was almost terrified of being asked what I’d gotten up to that day because as the week wore on I had less and less to say. It was a vicious cycle.

It wasn’t great, but thankfully there’s something about wallowing that lights a fire under me.

The weekend ended up being incredibly productive, which made up for the multiple days I spent watching tv and knitting (relaxing and I guess productive, but again not really postcard worthy). I applied for jobs, I checked things off my to-do list, I left the house. It was glorious!

And now, we’re on the verge of a whole new week: one that has the makings of greatness (and not just because I will have entered a new decade by the end of it).

The weather network has promised me good things, and the sun is currently shining. I’ve shifted all of my plans from last week to this week, so I’m going to go out on a limb and say: This week has the makings of a really great week here in Madrid!

Wish me luck!

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