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I was watching Don Draper smoke a cigarette, a common occurrence on “Mad Men”, when I realized the noise outside my apartment was that of water pouring from the skies. My apartment is all window and so when I opened all the sliding coverings, it looked like I was underwater. The summer rain in Korea doesn’t warn you that it’s coming. It just shows up unannounced, like some random at a party who gets too drunk, makes a mess, and then disappears as quickly as it came. Β The orange street lights outside illuminated the water falling on shrieking heads that ran from their cars to their apartments. One box to another.

I turned off the lights and stood on my couch that was up against the floor to ceiling window. I put my hand outside and felt the cool rain and the refreshing wind. I wanted to go run around in it, but instead I sat for awhile, gazing at the lights of my town and the rain turning the concrete into a black river that rushed down to it. Lighting lit up the sky, turning it pink, and I stared open-mouthed like a little kid seeing a thunder storm for the first time. My music was drowned out in the roaring thunder and I was very happy to be in the middle of nature showing off its strength. Not a huge revelation, as I am someone who gets giddy over strawberries, ecstatic over colorful jewelry, and downright euphoric when I’m in the sunshine. I am a creature of summer and a lover of the little things. But being so easily impressed by the little things also makes me easily depressed by the less wonderful little things. I smiled to myself because I realized I hadn’t felt that way in months. Contentment is a dish best served in a rainstorm.

I woke up the next morning to a dry day. I checked my email after I got out of the shower and my heart stopped when I saw an email from the Ministry of Education in Spain.

“You have been accepted.”

I started breathing far too much and my hands were shaking. All the Spanish in the email was too much for my brain to handle at that moment and I started jumping around the room, squealing like a little girl. I had been waiting for almost 6 months to hear if I would be a language assistant in Spain and I was close to giving up hope. They had wait-listed almost 2,000 people and yet, I still kept up with my Spanish lessons. I was pretty sure I was going to backpack Europe and then head to Southeast Asia in the winter, but I felt no urge to plan my travels. A part of me was still invested in Spain and would be until I knew for sure if they would take me or not. Β But they had. I would be going to Galicia. A green, mountainous area known for rivers and rain.

It’s time to start anew.

Mumford and Sons: After the Storm

 

 

 

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One thought on “The Rain In Spain

  1. Congratulations Hannah! How exciting for you especially having waited for 6 months to hear from them. My husbands parents just returned from a trip to Spain and got us some t-shirts, as parents do. I can’t wait to see pictures and hear about all the things you will see and do. Curious also how Spanish students compare to Korean students and the lessons you’ll learn there.

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