It’s A Beautiful Day

Today I woke up in an incredible mood, went to work at a job I love, and then headed out to a night in Bilbao, Spain with a group of wonderful friends. I figured I would take a moment to write a list of things that I am thankful for and that contributed to my overall happiness today. After all, I am blessed.

  • Waking up in a great mood
  • Fridays
  • Listening to music
  • Watching hilarious music videos
  • Wearing new pants
  • Looking cute in new pants
  • A cafe con leche para llevar
  • Spanish Tortillas
  • Being greeted by 30 happy students on the bus
  • The teachers’ lounge
  • Saying hello to everyone in three different languages
  • Working with children
  • Having an excellent staff of teachers to work alongside
  • Teaching children English
  • Walking into a classroom where students run and line up to give me a hug
  • Big hugs from little kids
  • Having my lesson plans prepared and be successful
  • Being completely silly
  • Making children laugh
  • Eating sandwiches and chocolate that the students brought
  • Singing songs in class
  • Helping students understand their assignments
  • Students proudly showing me their completed assignments
  • High fives
  • Free lunches
  • Lunch consisting of all of my favorites (chicken, soup, bread, salad, AND mandarins)
  • Walking past the high school students performing dances they created and being welcomed inside to watch
  • Taking a coffee break with coworkers/ friends
  • Practicing Spanish
  • Getting free palmeras (one of my favorite Spanish pastries) at the cafe
  • Meeting a teacher who loves rock climbing and has invited me to join him
  • Finding out Bilbao has an indoor rock climbing gym
  • Just rock climbing in general
  • Getting off work early
  • Saying goodbye to everyone in three languages
  • Dancing in an empty gym with no music
  • Meeting up with Adam
  • Walking home with Adam on a beautiful sunshiny day
  • Going over for coffee and chocolate filled pastries
  • Inside jokes, stories, and gut wrenching laughs
  • Realizing I have made a lifelong friend in just 3 weeks
  • Brisk strolls
  • Watching children do cartwheels in the park
  • The elevator being there when I arrived to my flat
  • Coming home to a place I can call my own
  • Having time to do laundry
  • Taking a shower
  • Hot Water
  • Access to a toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Seeing a shirt in my closet that I forgot about and realizing it is the perfect shirt to wear tonight
  • Finding my brush and using that instead of a comb
  • The simplicity of hanging your clothes to dry versus throwing them in a dryer
  • Watermelon
  • Eating watermelon without a shirt on so you can really get in there without worrying about splash stains
  • Living in a city where eating fresh fruit every day is an easy thing to do
  • Getting ready to go out without being rushed
  • Having friends to go out with
  • Adam and Darragh
  • Learning about the Irish culture
  • Feeling completely outnumbered by the Irish for the first time in my life
  • Adam’s apartment being within walking distance
  • Gin & Tonics
  • Talking about things that matter
  • Talking about cancer
  • Music speaking more than words can ever say
  • Waterfountains
  • Calle Somera
  • Cheap beer and delicious pintxos
  • Spanish conversations
  • Learning new vocabulary
  • Walking through winding streets
  • The Guggenheim
  • Drinks, music and dancing
  • Lights and colors
  • Kalimotxos (Coca-cola and red wine)
  • Only remembering the word ‘Kalimotxos’ because of Darragh pronouncing it like “Mojo Jojo”
  • Adam’s pick up line being ‘Donde esta la after party?”
  • Us never figuring out where the after party is
  • Walking without a destination
  • Talking without a purpose
  • Swings
  • Bridges
  • The Zubizuri bridge
  • Spitting into the river counting the seconds of airtime
  • Looking for a lighter
  • Receiving a free lighter from a kind stranger
  • Finding a building closed off with fences
  • Hopping the fence
  • Being able to crawl through a small hole in the door and explore
  • The ability to climb onto roofs
  • Being afraid of heights, but not letting it stop me
  • Breathtaking views
  • City lights
  • Shouting out the top of my lungs
  • Hearing Darragh do a high pitched squeak
  • Hearing Adam roar
  • Looking at clouds
  • Knowing that there has never been a misshapen cloud
  • Laughing
  • Taking pictures
  • Being completely and totally content with all aspects of my current life
  • Feeling overwhelmed with gratitude
  • The journey home being more difficult than the journey there
  • Dancing on the rooftop
  • Falling, twice
  • Being grounded
  • Adam and Darragh singing a song I have never heard while doing synchronized choreography
  • Laughing too hard to walk
  • Deciding to go to a club at 4am
  • Arriving to the club, ready to dance at 4 am
  • Difficult spanish conversations with loud music, but being successful with the conversation in the end
  • Calling it “early” and leaving at 5:00 am
  • Being with two incredible souls and realizing just how utterly blessed I am to have them impacting my experience in Spain as a whole
  • Finding my way back home
  • Getting ready for bed
  • Laying in bed and reflecting on my unforgettable day
  • Realizing that today is just one of many that are going to be unforgettable
  • Living in a city with so much to do all the time
  • Spain in general
  • Feeling loved, respected and appreciated
  • Feeling beautiful in the body I have been given
  • Feeling blessed in the life that I live
  • The ability to breathe, walk, and think independently
  • Having zest for life again
  • Having purpose
  • Fearing the future
  • Having a future to fear

-Kristina

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