Can you believe it, I have been here for 3 weeks now! The weather has finally turned ‘autumnal’ – although in Spain this means temperatures of around 25 degrees and the occasional cloud (shocking, I know). I have worn trousers for the first time since arriving, and it even rained on Wednesday! Otherwise, normal Spanish life continues…..This week’s saga includes: Seville’s serious drain issue, yet more food-based bribery, almost burning the house down, and meeting an army of German au pairs…..all blonde…..
This Wednesday was a national day of holiday in Spain, which meant no school for the girls and a day off for me! What did I decide to do with this unexpected extra time – why, try yet harder to win favour with the girls. TIME TO MAKE A CAKE! How better to win their hearts than via chocolatey sugary yumminess? I cleverly to make, bake and decorate the cake all while the family were out in the town during the middle of the day – just as well really, as I made a fabulous mess which probably would have given Sonia a heart-attack! They arrived back just in time for merienda on my lovely, still-warm chocolate-covered marble cake. Yes, they were impressed. Yay! Many au pair points won!
After having been added to the au pair WhatsApp group, (I didn’t realise such things existed until now either) I took it upon myself to rouse the troops for a coffee in the centre as we all had the afternoon off. There was a little objection due to the threatening rain clouds, and a few unfortunate au pairs couldn’t make it because they had been either dragged off to the countryside with their families, or where suffering through Bank Holiday child-amusing activities. We arranged to meet in one of the Plazas and I was excitingly making my way there when I suddenly realised that I didn’t actually have the faintest clue what any of the other au pairs looked like. The chosen plaza being a hub of tourist activity, I was suddenly concerned that I would spend the rest of the afternoon circling the plaza like a lost child looking for its parents. I need not have worried. Upon arriving in the plaza I was dazzled by a group of 6 glowing blond girls, about my age, talking in rapid German – and one slightly awkward looking brunette who turned out to be from Denmark, and so clearly couldn’t talk German. These must be the au pairs! We hugged instead of doing the awkward Spanish two-cheek-kiss and everyone had fun trying to pronounce my name. (Why do non-English people find ‘Katie’ so difficult to comprehend?!! The Spaniards are determined to pronounce it like ‘Cat-ee’!) We were all firmly agreed that the most important thing was to find a café that served tea – I loved them all already! And so we did – a cute little café opposite the cathedral which served all types of tea in PROPER TEA POTS. I was so happy I could have cried, but obviously I didn’t because I had to hold it together in front of my new friends…..
It was lovely to meet these other au pairs and share our experiences so far. There was also rumour of another English au pair somewhere in Seville, so I was keen for another meet up if she could come along! After a while it began to rain, properly, and the streets of the Seville town centre literally became a river – they are clearly not used to much rain. I finally made it home, drenched from head to toe, and had to hang my shoes up in the shower to dry, but I think it was worth it.
Life continues as ever; English lessons, park trips and lots of sunshine.