So the day is here. I am going to see my Spanish family that I have not seen in 2 years. Sure C and I have kept in contact on whatsapp and I've skyped with the girls, but this is going to be different. I will be living with them again. I suddenly feel a rush of both excitement and nervousness. But as the time got closer and closer for me to board the train to Las Tablas, I suddenly only felt simply pure excitement. My experience with them two years ago was simply amazing. I came in a stranger and left a member of the family.
So I take a taxi to the Tribunal metro station and take it about 10 stops. As I am sitting on the train, I begin to feel a bit impatient and I ask the person next to me in what I believed was a perfect Spanish accent " Perdón, ¿Cuantos más estaciones a Tres Olivos?"
The man looks at me and simply says "three stations". Well, so much for me trying to be mistaken as a Spaniard 😕. When I get off the train, C was waiting outside the station for me. After exchanging some HOLAS!!!! and big hugs, we drive home. The girls are waiting by the front door and were so very excited!!! As was I. It was an interesting feeling, like being reunited with family members after a long time apart. But at the same time, it was as if no time had passed. We picked right back up from last time. The girls have grown up though! Celia is now 8, Natalia 6. Celia has really improved her English, and I see Natalia seems more comfortable than last time to use some. But my mission is to get her to be a lot more comfortable using it.
So they show me to my room, which C tells me will forever be "my bedroom" which makes me feel good. The girls have made a sign that they posted on the door. Once i put down my bags, I eat some lunch. Then, C asks me if I want to take a siesta, and even though I felt a bit tired I was very excited to spend time with the girls, and so were they. So after drinking some café, the girls help me "des hacer la maleta" or unpack my suitcase.
When I was all unpacked, we took a trip to the supermercado to get me some of the necessities I didn't feel like lugging from NY as well as food for the week. After arriving home and relaxing a bit, we had dinner. Well the kids first, and then the adults. C asked me if I liked rib of lamb and I told her I liked rib of nada. She was kind enough to grill a piece of chicken for me, which is my favorite so I was actually very happy.
I'm very happy to be in my segunda casa