Anna's Journey


In Sanlucar la Mayor on February 18, 2011 at 11:47 am

In one week, I will be back in Boston.

It’s like a reverse vacation. A vacation from a vacation, so to speak. A glimpse of reality. A look at the cold winter and snow that will be waiting for me next year. A week of reuniting with family and friends, enjoying a bagel or two (maybe with peanut butter!), maybe even watching the Oscars on Sunday night.

And then, before I know it, I’ll be back in Spain. Back at my colegio, among the olive trees, with the sun shining down as I wait for the bus (unless there is a tormenta of rain, which is also a distinct possibility), giving English classes, working out at my gym, and hanging out in the plaza El Salvador on Saturday afternoons.

The thing is, at this point, I’m not sure which is more of a reality. Will it feel like I’m snapping back to my ordinary life when I’m back in Boston? Or will it feel like I’m removed from it all, because my life is here? I’m developing friendships here, I have an apartment that feels like home. But I am assuredly a foreigner. When I speak to people the first time, they look at me strangely, and ask, “Where are you from?” Back in Boston, I’ll be able to order food without the waiter asking if I would like a menu in English. I’ll fit in.

I suppose that it isn’t that one place is more real than the other. Both Sevilla and Boston are my realities. I am myself in both places. I have friendships in both cities, although they are across the ocean. I know that my community here is temporary, but it is a community nonetheless.

More than anything, though, I am so excited to be back in Boston in one week!


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