Hello from Sevilla! I felt like I needed to update you. Life abroad can get stressful and messy at times, but I have to say, I had an amazing week/weekend. I read this quote the other day that said “the little things aren’t little at all” and something about that really resonated with me. I tend to romanticize little things, I get caught up in life’s little details and small pleasures. So without further ado I want to quickly share 5 little things that made me happy this past week.
1. Grapes. My friend Savannah turned me onto the grapes here in Spain. Green grapes, red grapes, it doesn’t matter. I pretty much buy a bunch of them from my local market everyday because they’re so inexpensive. For some reason they just taste better here: they’re so juicy and fresh, and I like the fact that they have seeds in them, a little crunch. Sometimes I’ll freeze them and let them thaw a little for dessert, but the fresh ones are so incredible.
2. Sketching Statues. In my painting class we have been sketching statues. I never really thought I was good at drawing bodies, but the statues have been great practice of getting the form of the human body down. This drawing is of a Venus statue in my university - I’m so grateful to be going to such a historical school with an abundance of art and culture throughout the campus. Plus, sitting down and focusing on drawing is so mindful and keeps me really present.
3. Los Vinagres. I went to a rock show at an intimate little venue here in Sevilla, it was a band called Los Vinagres - they consist of 3 Spanish guys that jam about partying and love… I can’t seem to find the actual genre of the band online, in Spanish they call it “volcanic rock”, I would say it’s like Spanish punk rock? I don’t know. Kinda indie, kinda garage rock. Anyway, a friend I met the day before invited me to go on Saturday and I couldn’t say no. Best decision ever. Listen to their song “Verbenita”, it slaps, as the kids say.
4. Kid! I’m not sure if I’ve talked about my living situation here yet, but I live with 11 other students in an apartment type home, and we have two host parents that cook most days and do laundry. They’re absolutely wonderful. My host mom’s granddaughter came by one night and she was the cutest little thing. She’s 7 years old and speaks Spanish, but knows a few things in English. She was eager to show off her English skills and went around telling people “My hair is straight, your hair is curly…”. There was something so lighthearted and refreshing being around the innocent youthful energy. I let her do my hair and makeup and we sang Shakira songs together… so fun.
5. Tattoo. I got a tattoo yesterday. I might post about it at some point but I designed it and it’s something I’ve been wanting for a while. I woke up Saturday and thought “this seems like a cool idea” and went in for a walk-in after the shop opened post-siesta. I’m in love with the tat and the experience was just fantastic overall. A group of my friends came and rooted me on, and I love them endlessly for that!