I have now lived in Spain for three months… plus a few days. This past month has been a whirlwind, but also a month of settling into a routine that fits both my new environment and my lifestyle. After all, being in Spain requires a healthy dose of “chilling out,” something that many Americans find very hard to do. Gentle readers, I encourage you to find time in each day to relax. I have made a very conscious effort to do that in my life, and the results have been terrific.

So, you might ask, what has this month brought me? Well, a month ago, I was celebrating Los Tres Reyes Magos, or the Three Kings, whose arrival signals the final days of the Christmas season here in Spain. I left for Senegal not long afterwards to experience a new adventure with my youngest daughter as a guide. I attended a masquerade party, the first in my life, to help celebrate the birthday of a friend from Valencia. I had drinks in a cave (pictures forthcoming!). I have lost 25 pounds from walking and eating better food. I finished my first chapter in my dissertation and the first section of the second chapter. I started working for my job in the States.

In short, life is good right now! I am in that odd place where so much has happened that it seems I have been here for both years and only days. What a wonderful problem to have!

The upcoming month will bring new changes, I am sure! Thanks for following along!

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