First I can’t believe how fast this first month has flown by. Madrid is an amazing city with so much to offer. We dove head first into the city and explored until our feet were screaming at us. We have seen palaces, cathedrals, famous art, cobble stone roads, amazing architecture, and so much more. image

So in 1 month of being away from the United States and with my family on this Journey, I have learned a lot.

1. United States is a lazy country, well at least in Clovis where I came from. We have walked and walked and walked for miles. If we want food, we walk. Look at museums, we walk. Need McDonalds… We walk!!!!  With all this walking I have learned that I can not push the kids too far. One more building or one more block will turn the entire day into a nightmare. Ryder will definitely let us know when we are done!!

2. Museums are amazing here, but it doesn’t mean that a 7 year old or even a 13 year old will appreciate what they are seeing. When I saw a Pablo Picasso and a Salvadore Dali painting only inches from me I could not believe it. I wanted to see that same joy in my kids eyes and when I looked over Ryder turns to me and says, “what’s so great about this? I can paint this!!”  I know one day they will all appreciate what they saw.
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3. I love the city!! The public transportation, the crowds, the crazy performers, the food, the action, I love it all.

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4. I have also done homeschool with the kids for almost 1 month now and I would like to say it has gone so smooth and so easy…. But it hasn’t been all rainbows and sunshine. I keep telling my kids we only do school for 1 hour a day and back home it would be 8. Everyday is getting better but not sure this is a permanent thing for us in the future.

5. This might be the best experience but I love the church I belong to. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is all across the world and all we had to do is put in our address and it gave us a building and a time to attend. Though it is all in spanish the spirit is strong and the people have been really nice.

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6. The most valuable thing I have learned is that I have zero regret taking this journey. Though I miss family and friends dearly, this experience even 1 month in has opened my eyes to adventure, change and the time I have with my family will be something I will cherish for the rest of my life.

We will be leaving Madrid this Thursday and though we are excited for Barcelona, cooler beach weather, we will miss this amazing city. This journey has been amazing so far and I can’t wait to see what else it has in store for us.

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