So, I decided to join the exchange program the day they had the information meeting about it. That was a really quick decision I made, and honestly I didn’t surprise myself, haha. I’m one of those persons that absolutely love new adventures, especially if they put me a bit out of my comfort zone.
And is not the first time I have done these kind of things, moving to another country. Even though I have the experience, it’s always a little scary, especially this time if I am being totally honest. It was only one other girl going to Barcelona too, we didn’t know each other from before. And then it’s the main reason for the trip, working at a hospital in a another country with a language that I’m still trying to learn. All this question went through head during the summer, like what if they don’t speak any english? what if the other girl and I don’t get along? what if…
Now, I’m here on my 3th week. So far I can already answer some of my own questions. The other girl and I get along, communication is key! We haven’t been so lucky when it comes to where we live. The apartment isn’t as expected, the roof at the bathroom has been leaking, the beds are super bad, the apartment isn’t easy to keep clean, and the neighborhood is NOISY. I mean after 2 years in Mexico City I though I knew what noisy was, but I guess not, here it’s worse. So we are currently looking for a new place to stay, if we don’t find anything, we will anyhow do the best out of it.
When it comes to work I’m really happy. My friend and I work at a children hospital here in Barcelona. I love the building and how they have designed this hospital. Everything is playful and colorful. The people don’t talk any english, but somehow it works. They are all very nice, and being able to work with children is so giving.
The city itself is amazing. Barcelona has something for everyone. It has beautiful buildings, beach life, shopping, amazing food and it’s sunny.
I’m very excited for the following weeks to come. One thing is for sure, when stepping out of the comfort zone like this, living in a foreign country, you will learn so much, and mostly about yourself. I have never grown more as a person as the two years spent in Mexico City far away from little Norway.
If you ever have an opportunity to do something a bit out of comfort zone, don’t let fear stop you. No matter how it goes, it will give you lessons in life that for sure will make you grow as a human.