On Wednesday morning I got the call:
“Your visa is processed and your passport is ready to be collected”.
I was over the moon, after an extremely nervous wait, trying not to imagine the outcome of my passport not being ready on time. I’d called beforehand and they said it would be ready quicker than the 10 working days they stated, but I was still processing my visa outside my home country, something not recommended, and need it doing in 8 working days.
Finally getting this job has felt very much like a team effort and I couldn’t have done it without the help of countless people, so thank you to all involved. I’m sure you’re as relieved as I am that it’s over and I won’t be having process any visa forms for at least a year.
So after months of planning, countless forms and 5am Skype interviews I am finally going to Korea!
Well almost going to Korea, I’m stopping over in Taiwan for a couple of weeks first for a short trip with Julia, who I originally met in China and has been coming in my blogs in a variety of countries now. My planning for it has been typically me, as in I haven’t really figured that out yet. Julia’s picked a few places she wants to see and I’ve had a quick flick through a guidebook, but kind of just waiting until I arrive to get a feel for it. Very excited for a mini adventure before I jump into my one year contract – double the length of anything I’ve signed before.
The last month in Spain was probably one of my busiest of the 9 that I’ve spent in Europe. Every weekend involved a trip, first down to Madrid, the highlight being going to the Bernabau to watch Real play. Then a couple of trips to national parks, one very misty and full of Eagles soaring overhead and then up to a mountainous one that treated us to a frozen lake then after a hike up and snowy winter wonderland. We also went down to Segovia, a large medieval town, that felt very Italian with its Roman architecture – a large aqueduct spanning the centre being the highlight along with an impressive cathedral and castle.
I’d also changed onto some different classes, meaning I was now the roaming teacher, driving twice a day to different clients, including a daily 9am lesson with the head of a winery – I’ve certainly improved my knowledge of wine, I hope he feels his English is a little better! All these trips paired with the stress of waiting for my contract to arrive so I could go apply for a visa made for a fairly tiring, yet very enjoyable month.
Saying goodbye was, as always, a tough affair. As I repeatedly think when travelling, it is certainly the most difficult element of it, I’d rather navigate my way through Chinese public transport then say goodbye to many people. The only beauty of it being that you can then have lots of fun meet-ups around the world. A highlight of Spain has been the number of people living here during my stay: Kiwis, Brazilians, Americans – it has been great to catch up with everyone and I look forward to finding you somewhere in the world soon.
For now though, it’s time to board and get back over to Asia. Adiós España, goodbye Europe.