6 years ago I travelled around Europe by myself and was in awe of the people I met and the places I experienced – the UK, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, and Italy. 4 years ago I joined two of my girlfriends and set off on another European adventure following grad school – the UK, Italy, Spain, and France. 3 months ago I started on the best adventure yet – a year with my wonderful husband, Kyle, and our 5 pound dog, Abby, living in Madrid.
But why another adventure? We were settled happily in our Seattle townhouse surrounded by incredible family and friends. We loved the restaurants, the healthy lifestyle, and just about everything about our life in Seattle. So why move to Madrid?
Kyle and I have known each other for over 11 years (yes, since high school…) and have always talked dreamily about living abroad. After 6 years of dating, we went our separate ways for almost 2 years – a time we now endearingly call our ‘trial divorce’ – and during that time Kyle started thinking about getting his MBA. Ultimately, Kyle and I decided to spend the rest of our lives together rather than apart and soon got married two years ago in our hometown of Boise, Idaho. We continued to talk about Kyle’s hopes of going back to school and our ideas about living abroad and he ultimately applied to just one school – Instituto de Empressa in Madrid. I can still remember the morning he checked his email to find he’d been accepted to IE and the reality sunk in that we could actually be moving halfway across the world.
Now that we’re here, we have no doubt that we made the right choice. I was fortunate enough to keep my job by working remotely and Abby is loving our cozy little studio on Diego de Leon, in Salamanca. We’re thankful for Skype, Google Translate, and our dear “Madrileno” friends, Cesar and Karina, for giving us a local perspective on life in Madrid. Kyle and I know that this will be the year we look back on for the rest of our lives and say “remember when we were in Madrid…”
I’m looking forward to sharing my trials and tribulations along with the joys and celebrations of living in the incredible city of Madrid – welcome to the Guiri Guide.