Time continues to fly by, as I am about to enter the fifth week of living in Spain.
The past couple of weeks have consisted of me familiarizing myself with the nuances of Toledo-life, for instance, learning what way to turn door handles, locks, and sink/shower handles. Most of them are opposite to what I am used to (Note: “Righty tighty; lefty loosey” does not work here). That is, the hot and cold handles on the sink faucet turn opposite directions, while both handles in the shower turn to the left (Note: “C” does not mean “cold;” it means “caliente,” hot.). Door handles are a whole other subject matter.
Besides trying not to get locked out of my own house or locked in various bathroom stalls, I have been settling into my new life here by taking the extra time to appreciate everything that the town has to offer-most often during my walks to and from my classes.
During my walks, I have seen stunningly unreal (but very much real) sunrises and breathtaking sunsets.
I have seen vendors opening their stores before the city has awakened and vendors closing their stores when the time for shopping has passed, the smells of crisp fruit and fresh fish dancing in the air. I have seen tourists trying to find specific restaurants, confused because the myriad streets can seem to form an unvanquishable labyrinth and hangry (angry because they’re hungry) because they are unadjusted to the later dinnertime.
I have seen groovy street art, a woman with purple hair and bright white high heels, as well as a blind man walking with his white cane in one hand and a cigarette in the other (smoking is quite prevalent).
The time is now to manifest appreciation for life through the minute details of life.
Paz, Amor y Felicidad,