The Year Abroad: 1 Month Update

I have been in Spain for 1 very busy month now, and it has gone by in a whirlwind. We have well and truly filled our time here, and we are only just starting to slow down. If you have read my last few year abroad posts, you will know that I have done a fair bit of travelling so far. However, since coming back from Barcelona, exploring and travelling has had to take a bit of a back seat whilst I recover from a pretty nasty cold/flu.

For the last ten days, I have spent much more time napping than exploring, drunk way more honey and lemon than tinto de verano and had countless more early nights than drinks in bars until the early hours. I won’t lie, it has not been all that fun and is certainly not how I expected to be spending my time this year!

Today I am finally starting to feel like myself again, which is great. I was very excited to wake up this morning and be able to breathe through my nose and hear out of both of my ears!

So, this afternoon I am going to try and go for a run for the first time since arriving in Spain. The fact that it is about 27C and we are surrounded my mountains does scare me a little bit, but I am determined.

I’m feeling pretty restless and desperate to get moving after so long without any energy at all. I’m hoping to be spurred on through the torture that is cardio by the views that surround the town we live in. Prado del Rey is stunning and so far all of the difficult, steep hikes that we have done have been thoroughly worth it when we are rewarded with views like this:

One of the best things, in my opinion, about this town is the availability of really fresh food. Rather than food shopping in a supermarket, our shops are split between the butchers, greengrocers, fish market and local shops.

So, as well as travelling, something I have really been enjoying recently is cooking. It’s not a new ‘hobby’, I loved cooking at home too, but I have found myself experimenting a lot more since being in Spain and so far everything has turned out pretty well. I have mastered gluten free garlic naans (expect a recipe soon, they are amazing), pancakes, paella and pork bolognese. All I need to work on now is my portion control!

I am really looking forward to the next few weeks. Whilst I don’t have any real travelling plans for a while, I can’t wait to get stuck in to the English classes that I have started tutoring, creating activities to work on at school with the kids, and spending a bit more time getting to know our new local area.

With all the time I have spent in other cities, I feel like maybe I have missed out a little on really settling in to my new, if temporary, home.

I hope you enjoyed this very ramble update post.

Haze x




  1. Jessica
    24/10/2017 / 5:43 PM

    I am so beyond jealous of you living in Spain for a year! I’m glad you’ve finally gotten rid of the flu because you so need to make the most of this amazing opportunity!

    The Crown Wings

    • 25/10/2017 / 10:14 AM

      Ah thank you! I’m so glad to finally be rid of it as well, never expected to be struggling with a cold in this heat! X

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