Summer Update

I have largely abandoned my blog since moving home from Spain in March, and I don’t really have anything to say about this, except … Oops! I never imagined how fast life could change. We left Spain on March 10, with two overloaded suitcases apiece and crossed our fingers we’d get a nice ticketing agent, which—miracle of miracles—indeed we did! There were no extra fees for out slightly overweight suitcases, and we arrived safely on U.S. soil, full of hopes and expectations and uncertain ideas of how our lives would pan out. Okay, we were really just anxious about the next month or so and if it would take forever to find a job. For the moment, we’d be living with my parents.

It’s interesting to think about the whole “living with your parents” thing, because Spaniards would not blink at an eye at this scenario. It’s only natural, of course, that we would choose to shack up with my mom and dad until we find jobs and, subsequently, a place of our own! Claro! But, upon talking to a former-classmate-turned-restaurant-server at a local watering hole, I found that my fellow Americans (ahem) were far more likely to reassure us that, yeah, it’s odd and it kind of sucks, but we’d find something soon, and we’d be out of there quick! It was almost as if they expected us to feel ashamed of living with my parents, when I felt nothing of the sort, having just lugged my whole life in four suitcases, two backpacks that weighed as though we’d packed them with bricks, and a pair of “personal items” that were frankly too large to be considered personal by anyone’s standards. I brushed off this condescension (unintentional as it might have been) and tried to think positive thoughts.

As our luck and gumption would have it, Mario soon found a job in Indiana’s capital, not far from my hometown. Once we ascertained where we’d be living, I started to look for jobs in the area … And again, I was lucky enough to find a position within a few weeks! I have to admit that it felt, again, like nothing short of a miracle.

By June, we were moved into a new apartment, and it felt as though we’d had a joint midlife crisis, as we purchased new everything: a sofa, a dining room table, a computer, a desk, a bookshelf, a king-size lovely comfortable bed set, and even a new car.

New Car Kaley MarioAnd life the last few weeks (how it it August already?!) has been full of summer fun: outdoor concerts, picnics, beer drinking under the stars, trying new restaurants, and just generally enjoying all the things Indiana summers have to offer, mosquitoes included. Some pictures for the two of you still reading … Oh yeah, and a visit to see our good Spanish-American couple friends in Chicago!

Kaley Mario Sears Tower Willis Tower Chicago Hilary Kaley Union Brewing Company Carmel Kaley Mario Conner Prairie Symphony on the PrairieAs you can see, Mario has adapted quite well to the culture, though we failed at getting him the traditional Old Navy American Flag shirt. The Target knockoff had to do in a pinch.

How are your summers? If you’re in Spain, please refrain from talking about tinto de verano or tapas or anything of the sort, and don’t even think the words jamón or salchichón, okay?

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20 thoughts on “Summer Update

  1. Good to read from you again! I came to Madrid in October and I love it! Summer here is amazing, but so was the crystal ear winter. I think you will miss it, like, a lot!

    Nevertheless, enjoy Indiana😄

  2. Glad the transition has gone as smooth as possible for you two. Also, I don’t think it’s at all weird that you moved in with your parents. My mid-30s brother just moved out of my parents’ home (not the first time he’s done so) and my dad had to explain to my mom the concept of an empty nest…

  3. Yay! So glad you two have both settled in quickly and had a great adjustment :) It’s a pity I didn’t have time to really hang out with any friends while home last week. It was a whirlwind but hopefully next time we can catch up. Hope things continue to go well for you both!

  4. So glad you guys have gotten the stressful basics of moving back home (job, housing, transportation) squared away so quickly! I’m in the middle of that right now myself and it’s really anxiety-inducing, but more than anything else I feel like I’m just stuck waiting around for my life to begin again.

    I don’t mind living with my parents while I job hunt at all, though; it’s good to be back home and spending time with family, plus they’re generously letting me mooch while I get myself established ;)

    Hope to hear from you guys in the future! I’d love to read more of Mario’s thoughts/experiences as a Spanish expat/immigrant in Indiana.

  5. My mom is actually planning to move here, so I don’t foresee a move back home in my future but I have been feeling really homesick this summer. One heatwave after another isn’t helping matters either! I am super envious of your new car and KING size bed! My husband is 6’6″ and our one year old shares our bed!

  6. I MISS YOUR BLOG POSTS but am also super happy that you’ve been away because you’ve been busy building a little American dream life!

  7. Thanks for sharing about the transition back to the US, glad things have been going your way! I am terrified to move back to the US and deal with job-hunting, green card, buying a car, etc. so your story is encouraging!

  8. That’s amazing. You’re transitioning well. Thanks for sharing. I’m glad you both are having fun. Have a great time with your family and good luck with your jobs! :)

  9. Well, it’s good to know you’ve neglected the blog for something much better! :)
    Glad that you both found jobs so fast and everything’s going so well!

  10. I’ll admit I haven’t been paying attention to blogs all that much the last few months so I hadn’t really noticed your absence too much (though I did know you guys had moved back to the Stats). Glad to know you’re transitioning pretty well! Enjoy the rest of your summer. :)

  11. awe, you sound so happy! and good for you. I’m very happy for both of you that things are working out so well. I can’t hep but think of a theme in El Alquimista (The Alchemist by Coelho in Spanish!) and it seems so appropriate that I’m going to share it: “cuando deseas una cosa, todo el Universo conspira para que puedas realizarla” I do hope you’ll keep up your blog, I so enjoy reading it. but yea, sometimes life can get in the way. loved the mosquitoes comment as I return from our annual camping expedition with a body full of bites…..

  12. Nice that you have gotten settled so soon! I’ve been back for over two years and I still haven’t gotten settled! I mean I’m settled (in the sense that I’ve gotten used to reverse culture shock) but things have not been so great due to the fact that I live in an area with a very tough job market. :/ Anyway, this was a great update and I can’t wait to read more about Mario’s new experiences living and working in Indiana and traveling across the country.

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