I am, for the most part, a ridiculously happy person. So being in a city like Madrid, that still feels so grey to me, I was becoming more like the city, grey. Don’t get me wrong it’s a beautiful city to VISIT. But for me, given that I come from a place where life revolves around the beach, and everything seems annoyingly colorful, a city like this can be draining. The fact that I can walk and walk and never find the ocean still baffles me.
I have to admit that I have yet to feel like I truly belong here. True, I have met a lot of people, but I haven’t met someone that was “friend for life”material. Even though I am an introvert, having that one friend to share with makes the place seem a lot better than it is. You could be in the worst situation possible but if you are going through it alongside with a friend you feel like you have won the battle.
So in an effort to disconnect from everything and breathe a different air we decided to visit one of my boyfriends old friends who lives with his bride-to-be in Barcelona. Obviously I was excited to be near the ocean. Even if it’s winter, just to see the ocean would’ve been enough for me.
When we arrived, Catalonia was way more than I expected. I felt right at home from the moment I got out of the car. Even without haven’t seen the ocean I felt I was in for an amazing weekend. And I am happy to say, I was so right.
As we walked into to their house I didn’t’t know what to expect. “Would we have to force talking and sharing for the sake of our boyfriends?”- I thought to myself.
Enter the girl from Poland. This girl was not only the coolest girl I’ve meet so far, but she was the most natural joyful person to be around. In 24 hours I shared more with her than I have with people I’ve been around for a while now. The best part is that I felt like I could be myself around this girl.
I’m not writing to linger on her coolness but to acknowledge the fact that she reminded me that I was here for a purpose. As she was sharing her story about her and her boyfriend I kept coming to terms with the idea that every couple has their own journey. Every single one of us has to make some sacrifices at some point in our life to be happy. Everything comes with a price. And we choose to move far away from home, into a foreign country that is nothing like ours, leave our family, friends and job to follow our heart. The fact that her story was coming together so beautifully made me feel like it’s all about timing. She is at a great place right know but they had their own journey to follow to get to that point.
Sometimes we get so stuck thinking about the future and what we wish it would be that we forget to pay attention to our journey. We forget how far we have come. We forget that we can’t force things otherwise they would follow apart along the way. We forget to relax and enjoy our journey.
I came back to Madrid feeling refreshed and ready to tackle what will come my way. I came back knowing that finally I have made a true friend in Spain. I came back knowing that if ever need a friend I can always go visit the girl from Poland. And finally I came back knowing that if I ever feel baffled by the streets of Madrid again, I will always have Catalonia.