Visa, Meet-Up, South America, and Montaditos
I have a visa! Like, an actual, tangible visa! Considering how grueling and stressful this whole process was, it’s a major relief.
On Sunday, a bunch of fellow auxiliares met at Westwood Brewing Company (Brewco, as we UCLA kids call it) to meet up and discuss the upcoming year. Most were placed in Madrid, a few were returning, all seemed like lovely people, and talking to these people got me super pumped up to return to Spain. Ironically, being in Westwood also made me remember how much I love the town and UCLA and how nice it would be to be going back for another year in the fall, but, hey, I’m getting paid to live in Spain. I have nothing to complain about.
And, not to be forgotten: my South America trip! I spent a few days in Peru, visiting my sister who had been volunteering in Ollantaytambo for a few months and also hitting up nearby towns and Machupicchu. Then we flew together to Buenos Aires and even got to spend a day in Uruguay. A-ma-zing. I’ve wanted to go to South America for as long as I could remember, sooo, yeah. South America!
On the way there, my flight from LAX to Miami got delayed, which resulted in a longer layover in Miami. I had a few hours to go in and explore the city, and I quickly remembered that 100 Montaditos, my favorite restaurant in Spain, exists in only one place outside of Spain: Miami. So I made that my first spot, and I was in bliss drinking tinto de verano and eating my tortilla española and chorizo montaditos. And now 100 Montaditos has announced that they’ll be opening 4000 stores in the U.S. over the next five years. Spanish heaven, here in America!