Today is a really lovely day outside. Every time we have a lovely day I am reminded of Bedmar. Josh and I lived and worked in Bedmar for 9 months about 3 years ago but it still feels like a few months ago. I started my blog over there and eventually moved over to Squarespace. I have the blog set to private but all my entries are still on there. I had a peek through them the other day and found one of my favorite entries I've ever made! I decided to bring it over here because I love it so much. It's amazing to see how much has changed and yet how similarly we lived our lives back then to now. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
So no lie, this is when I start my day. I'm supposed to be at school at 9 am. Yeahhhhh mornings are a tiny bit stressful because we can't wake up. I think we were supposed to have gotten accustomed to the time difference but I firmly believe that we have not. It is difficult to wake up at 7:30 am (that's when our alarm is set), and not just like a "Ughhhhhh I'm so tired" difficult. It feels like we are getting up at 3 or 4 am to start our day. Our eyes don't open all the way and we're like blahhhhh -0- And I've had to wake up at 6 am at work back in the States. It's not the same.
My face when I wake up! Ever since I started applying moisturizer I feel like my face looks wonderful!
And on our little bathroom shelf I have everything I use in the morning. Blush, concealer stick, moisturizer, a shade of eyeshadow, mascara and lipstick. And perfume, of course.
Because Josh doesn't have to apply anything after washing his face in the morning, he finishes more quickly and usually gets everything ready for us in the living room before we leave. HANDSOME.
After applying makeup and getting dressed! At this point it's like... 9 so we don't have time for breakfast usually. Well, I don't. The days Josh wakes up a little earlier he always eats breakfast and always leaves a cereal bowl and a banana out for me but... I'm a lazy fool and never eat breakfast. One day T-T
I did this on Tuesday, and on Tuesdays we go to work together! We walk to school to get to work. Going there isn't a problem, because it's all downhill! We go down these stairs and down a big hill to get to work. Our schools are right next to each other, so we kiss each other goodbye in the morning and go to our respective buildings.
I took pictures of our schools but I won't include them in this post, just to be on the safe side. When I get to school on Tuesday I have one class in the morning that lasts half an hour and then I have an hour and a half break! During this break, I chat a little with my coworkers that are also on break, but sometimes they're busy so I use this time to scan in my sketchbook! Sometimes I also do tutoring and preparation for classes, but I always try to squeeze in time to scan in the sketches I did over the weekend. Which I still have to queue up.
During break time, I have my extra tutoring classes that I give to students who are interested in learning a little more English outside the classroom for free. I usually enjoy these classes a lot because I love seeing motivated students! Lately though we breeze through what I plan because some days have less students than others, so I send the kids away about five minutes before the bell rings so I have some time to eat and to read or something. My favorite snack are rice cakes with a piece of cheese and a fruit! And of course my water bottle that I drink throughout the day.
You can see the other school from the windows at my school. One time I saw Josh going through the hallways to his class, he didn't see me, though <3
And we can always see our castle, of course.
This is Maria, the teacher I work with the most in the school! I was surprised she was so willing to get her picture taken, every time I try she gets really shy XD
Maria and I are really close, we talk about everything. We spend a lot of time together and really enjoy one another's company! She's not the only one I feel close to at school, but I didn't see my other friends that day!
Josh waits for me outside the school because he usually finishes earlier than I do! We get to walk home together 2 out of the 3 days we work!
The amount of climbing we have to do every time we go to work is disgusting. It wasn't so bad when it was cold because I guess we got used to it, but now that it's getting warm WE HATE IT SO MUCH.
HOME. I am really happy when I come back home with Josh <3 Hard days work is done!
The first thing Josh and I do when we get home from work is make sure we get chores done, like making the bed, doing the dishes from that morning, or folding laundry.
After chores get done, we eat lunch! We eat lunch around 2:30. This isn't a typical lunch, we usually both have sandwiches with cold cuts and egg, but I was in a chicken mood, so I had leftovers and Josh had a sandwich. We eat lunch while watching an episode of a show of something. Lately it's been House.
After we finish lunch and watching our episode at 3:00, we work on our "extracurriculars". This includes blog writing, drawing, personal writing, or just relaxing and catching up on online stuff.
We get changed at around 4:30 and head out for our tutoring jobs! We have to go down this awful road every time :( If a car comes by we have to squeeze into a doorway or crevice so we don't get run over. This is Bedmar's main road and one of the quickest ways to get out of it if you live in Bedmar, so there's no real way around it without adding time.
We pass through the whole town on foot, which takes us about 10 minutes.
On Tuesdays, Josh and I separate here. The house he goes to is on the side around there, but I have to continue walking for another 5 minutes.
I go to a different part of Bedmar that Josh never has to go to unless he manages to get that far when picking me up. There are only a few houses and a nursing home on this side of Bedmar. We've had beautiful weather on Tuesday, thankfully. I'm not used to seeing it this beautiful. Winter has been cold and grey in Bedmar, and I actually liked it that way XD I'm getting a little stressed out about the heat here. It's supposed to get REALLY hot soon and I am not prepared in any way .-. I hate the sun! Anyway, that puppy is one of my best friends. Every time I pass her house, she barks her head off at me and I love her. She's this tiny little chihuahua and has no idea how much I love her. I'm pretty sure she hates me. She reminds me of my Nena. I keep forgetting to bring her a piece of ham to bribe her into liking me.
I get to the house I tutor at by 5 and finish at 6 pm. On my way back, I usually run into Josh and we walk the rest of the way back together!
This is the entrance to the town!
I miss my puppies so much that I am overly friendly with all the stray animals in Bedmar. We have lots of cats, and a wonderful little calico cat that meows whenever I approach her and she lets me scratch her everywhere! We recently met this white puppy that likes to walk around and when we see her she lets us pet her and scratch her! She has an owner so I try not to hog her too much.
Josh and I recently discovered that there are a lot of abandoned buildings and homes that have collapsed in on themselves in Bedmar, and it's a little haunting because there are usually still belongings from the previous owner inside! We have one by the apartment that still has a bed and its sheets together, along with an old, dusty tv on the shelf. It's scary but fascinating. This one had bunnies in cages on the inside which terrified me, but it sounded like there were people upstairs so I hope they belonged to them ;-;
Tuesday is our grocery shopping day for the week! We go to the butcher's and our little market and get what we need. This is our butcher, we never know what to get when we get there. We love getting ribs and the prepared pork he has, the meat is always so tender and fresh when we eat it!
After the butcher's, we go to our market and stock up on everything else. I actually forgot to take pictures of us grocery shopping so I used some old ones. We always get everything under 3 euro (UNLESS THERE'S ICE CREAM WHICH THERE IS NOW) and a whole lot of fruit.
After we finish putting groceries away, we usually relax for about half an hour and then get to making dinner. We start making dinner no later than 7:30 otherwise we'd be eating at 10 pm every night. Writing it now makes me wonder what the Hell we do to make our cooking process to last so long T-T Well usually we make chicken or something in the oven, and that takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to finish cooking, but on Tuesday we decided to make salad! We might be making salad more often nowadays because it's so hot, using the oven might be the worst idea ever. Our salads include lettuce, tomatoes onions, mushrooms, carrots, corn, olives, tuna and a hard boiled egg. Josh is in charge of mixing the salad because he does something magical to salads that make me not mind only eating it for a meal.
LOOK AT THAT SALAD WOAHHHH omg I want some right now. And that particular night we wanted some pudding for desert. This pudding has a cookie on top of it. it's so good! We usually eat around 8 or 8:30. Late ;-; We eat dinner while watching another episode of something... usually House. I don't know what we're going to do when we finish watching House. Hopefully we won't until it's time to leave Spain.
The sun has been taking it's sweet time to set over here lately that at 9 it's still light out. After we finish eating dinner, we clean up and wash dishes, and then either shower or go to bed. We try to go to sleep around 11 pm so we can try to wake up early again the next day. We try to read in bed before going to sleep, or watch a youtube video to get us tired enough to want to go to sleep.
I feel that I don't have a lot of free time on weekdays because we're always running around and working, but I like it because our weekends are long and the "Day in the Life" for that would be 4 photos: the bed, the bathroom, the kitchen and the living room. When we're not travelling of course. Our life is like that because there's nothing to do in Bedmar, sadly. It's a small town and we have to make our own fun. We used to go on walks all the time but once you've walked around basically everywhere it's a little tiring. Then it started raining all the time or being really cold so we didn't want to go outside. Now it's too bloody hot we don't even want to open a window XD HERMITS.
I hope you enjoyed this "Day in the Life"!