My time in Spain has almost come to an end and to say the least I am devastated. My month here has been better than I ever expected and the number of wonderful interesting people I met made the trip so great.
What I love about Spain is during the afternoon the town is pretty dead, me being the only one stupid enough to venture out at the time when the temperatures were soaring. But come the evening you can hear the sound of family and friends laughing and chattering, and the delicious smells of food flowing through the streets. And people congregating in the streets, young people in groups and old people sitting on benches with their friends.
The dinner parties were amazing. Copious amounts of food and drinks, all of which was delicious. They last for so long! But not only did I enjoy the dinner parties for the food, drink and company but I loved listening to the Spanish language. It is a beautiful language, I didn’t have a clue how to speak Spanish when I arrived but after a month here I have picked up some words and phrases. I learnt so much in the dinner parties, for example, how to properly taste wine.
Where I was au pairing, a town called Ontinyent about an hour from Valencia, everyone so so friendly. I was clearly an outsider, blonde hair, blue eyes and milk bottle white skin. But people were wonderful, for example, I was at the local swimming pool and the lifeguard came over and introduced herself and gave me her number and then sent me a Whatsapp inviting me to various things with her. I feel like this would never happen where I am from. My family put in my contact with another au pair in the area who was really nice and we did things together most days.
The family I was working for were great, they gave me lots of free time so I was able to do lots of things. And whilst I was there I was able to experience a Spanish festival and it was spectacular. All day and all night there were events for an entire week. The music was amazing, with live bands everywhere playing traditional Spanish music. There were so many parades, I couldn’t see them all but the ones I did see where out of this world. So much effort went into them from the costumes to the dances to the music, it was just amazing. The best part about the entire festival was that you could feel the sense of community and support that the locals gave to the performers whether they were friends, family or just total strangers. It was magical. The parties after the shows were massive, pubs and bars were crowed until 7am! I was lucky enough to experience one of these parties…it was madness but that is what made it so much fun.
Overall I think my month here in Spain has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. Au pairing in general is a good experience but the town I was in plus my amazing family plus my new wonderful friends meant that this experience wasn’t just good, it was great. This is was my last year that I wanted to au pair and I definitely finished on a high. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.