So you decided to move to Spain!
What a decision! I did not realize how big this was until I bought a one way ticket and landed in Madrid. Were there times I wanted to give up? YES!! Especially when the San Francisco consulate was booked until October (since June), I bought a second passport (in case the consulate took my application before I traveled which ended up being unnecessary), went in to the consulate every day at 8 am for a week and did not land an appointment (got a parking ticket), and I had to drive to Sacramento (2 hours minus traffic) for a 20 minute appointment. However, I wouldn't change a thing!
Spain has been magical and I already feel at home. I went to Germany last weekend for Oktoberfest and although I had the time of my life, I missed Madrid so much! I missed the warm weather and the warmer people. I missed being in a familiar city and walking around without a GPS. Madrid has a way of capturing your heart and never letting it go. People here are not strangers living in the same city...they are a community who work in harmony.
To those of you who live here now, explore! If the city captures your heart, don't be scared of it...embrace it! To those of you who are thinking of moving here to teach, follow your heart. You will be rewarded in the end. Finally, to those of you who have never been to Madrid, I suggest you take a week off of work and buy a plane ticket here!
I can't wait to see what my future here holds!