Let's rewind to May 2016. I had just spent a month living in Valencia, Spain and it was time for me to head home. Once I got out of the plane, it hit me. I'm not in Spain anymore. It's different. Of course it's different. I'm home and it's great to be back, but it's not Spain. And I really miss how life was there.

That feeling you get after you get home from a long trip. You know what I'm talking about?

Here are 6 things that I loved, and miss daily, about living in Spain: 

#1 The people

Every Spanish person that I met on that trip was so friendly and welcoming. Everyone was so kind and would go out of their way to help my friends and I. Always smiling and in a good mood, it's contagious! 

#2 The warm weather

During my month in Valencia, we only got 2 days of rain. 2 DAYS! And when I say rain, it's more like it's cloudy and oh here's a little bit of rain but it's still warm anyway. (And I'm writing this post in winter so it's definitely making me miss the Spanish weather even more...)

The great weather just puts you in a good mood every single day. That might be why Spanish people are so nice and happy all the time! It also makes you want to go out and explore as much as you can... Spain, can you kindly share a little bit of your warm weather with us, please? 


#3 The delicious tapas

Ahhh the tapas. They're delicious, not so healthy but delicious nonetheless! It's one thing you won't get anywhere else, tapas are like appetizers or small snacks in Spain. But it's not only about the tapas, it's the moments you share while eating them that makes it all worthwhile. My friends and I would always meet up somewhere in the city and get tapas. Good food + good company + good weather =  great time.



#4 The language

It's probably one of the things I miss the most and I didn't think I would to be honest. After hearing and speaking Spanish every day, it felt so weird to go back to only hearing French. After a while in Spain, or any country for that matter, I guess you get used to hearing the language everywhere: on the streets, on TV, in restaurants. Let's say you're in a coffee shop, you will hear people speak in the background. And you get used to it, it's the new normal. So when I got back home to France, I had a moment where I was like wait, they're not speaking Spanish! So weird, it's like I forgot for a minute that people would be speaking French in France. And in that moment, I kinda missed hearing people speak Spanish already.

#5 The chill vibes

It's difficult to put into words the vibe in Spain and the energy I felt there. I'm a city girl - I love the fast paced life, I'm constantly moving and doing many things at the same time. But in Spain, everyone is so chill, they take their time to do things, they even do a little siesta (nap) in the afternoon, especially when it's too hot outside. It's kind of relaxing and it forces you, in a good way, to do things slowly and take it all in. To truly live in the moment and appreciate the little things in life.


#6 Cheap, cheap, cheap

From the food we bought at the supermarkets to the museums we visited, everything in Valencia was super cheap. I particularly loved going grocery shopping there (I love grocery shopping in other countries, I find it so fun haha!) the food was not only cheap but delicious as well, so it was nice to be able to buy a lot of different things and try out restaurants in the city. The museums and activities were usually cheap as well, only 1 or 2€, which is really nice because you get to explore a lot of places for next to nothing, have fun, and save money at the same time.


Have you ever lived abroad? What do you miss about that place?