Living in a foreign country doesn't mean leaving life as you know it completely behind. Before I moved to Barcelona, though, I thought that's what a "true adventure" was. Because that's often the narrative that's splashed around travel sites and blogs (and it's a supremely tempting narrative): Ditch your life as a corporate drone! Stop consuming like an over-indulged American! Spend your days sun-bathing on the beaches of [insert-tropical-location-here]!
Of course, there are kernels of truth to these narratives. Stepping off the plane does give you a sense of infinite possibility. No one knows who you were before. You can start fresh, if a fresh start is what you need [...]
“Hi, good morning. So, the problem is that every afternoon I have cuts. There are cuts. The internet works, and then it doesn’t, and then it does again. Every two minutes. It falls and then returns. The red light blinks. Blinks? It is like this for one hour in the afternoon, every afternoon. I called the last week and they told me if the problem was not resulted, uh, uh, resolved in 72 hours, I should call again. Also, can you please speak slowly? I obviously don’t speak Spanish well.”
“Of course, no problem. Do you speak English?”
“Okay. I speak some English, but we will talk in Spanish [...]