Valencia what did you do to me?

Right, so you know when people say that they have visited a place that is AMAZING and It stole their heart. Well, before I never really understood what people meant..Obviously, I could appreciate the beauty and scenery of a place, but I would never say I had FALLEN IN LOVE.

This summer that all changed…

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After living in Valencia for 3 months I realised that I never wanted to leave. It was absolutely my ideal city. It is the third largest city in Spain, so it is perfect for work, yet I would never say it was hectic like London.

My dream city would be one that has both a working environment, as well as a neighbourly feel to it. That was exactly what Valencia was in my eyes. I had the local Mercadona, market and bakery right at my doorstep and in a 15 minutes walk I would arrive at the land of work.

I just loved it so much that I wanted to move there! Of course I do want to see more of the world and travel, but after leaving I really did feel like Valencia was my home and that I was leaving it to go back to cold and rainy England….(Very true considering it rained all day today and it was 35 degrees in Valencia…yes in October!!)

Whenever I have spoken to someone who wants to or has dropped out of uni, I would always think to myself WHY?! It is a minimum of 3 years, before I seriously could not comprehend why someone would want to just give up and pursue something else, when they could be getting a degree with a little bit of time and effort. I know people change their minds and believe uni may not be for them, but I just always thought after so much time and the amount of money going towards it, that it would be a wise choice just to stick it out.

I won’t lie and say that I didn’t think about quitting university and staying in Valencia, especially, after being offered to stay longer and even to go back after uni. I had thoughts that I didn’t think I would have ever considered.

During my final 3 weeks I was already feeling sad knowing that I was going to have to leave and go back to uni. It’s not that I don’t like my uni, it’s just that I felt I had grown up in a way and that my uni experience was over. The thought of going back to lectures made me want to cry, it just really felt like I would be taking a step backwards. I got to the point where I had to persuade myself daily ‘One more year Saby! Just one more year!! It will all be worth it in the future’

And it is true, I do stand by that, and I would think it would be irresponsible of me to just quit when I am so very close to the finishing line! I can say my experience has motivated me to do well, graduate and then focus on my PR career.

I met some friends for life….of course MERCEDES and I can honestly say that it was the best experience of my life to date and it really did help me grow as a person, mature and think about all the opportunities I have. I am one lucky girl, and I definitely did realise like many people, I do take my life for granted.

Remember: Don’t take your opportunities for granted!

Love Saby

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Human Jaws

I went to the beach today with Mercedes it was 37 degrees! Yes amazing, I’m going to miss this weather!

I hope you are prepared for this story, honestly what an unusual and shit experience to have! I’m livid!

Mercedes and I were sunbathing, as usual I overheated and needed to go into the sea so I put my bikini top back on (living the true Spanish life and going topless) and headed for the sea. There were loads of waves today so I had good fun jumping over them 🙂

This guy then appeared, I would say he was in his thirties, chubs and strangely wearing sunglasses. He started jumping over the waves like a wally, which I found quite amusing to begin with.  I was then busy trying to do my cheer jumps in the water haha when I noticed that Mercedes had swam off.  She used to swim competitively, so she is fast! I started to swim out to her, when a ball hit my arm, I turned around and of course it was the weirdo from before, I threw the ball back to him and he threw it back to me again…what is this? are we playing a game of catch now?!? So, I tried my best to swim to Mercedes when I noticed this guy was swimming pretty close behind me, Mercedes had a worrying facial expression and began to swim away. I started to follow, then all of sudden I felt something grab my legs, I automatically thought ahhhhh JAWS but no, it was just this creep ‘pretending’ to accidentally swim into me then slide his hands on my hips and stomach…What the fuck is going on?!!! I turned around shocked and Mercedes grabbed me and we started to swim away.  This guy didn’t even give up, he swam to me again! At this point I couldn’t even touch the ground and I felt so uncomfortable that I thought I was going to drown, especially with all the waves! Luckily I had Mercedes to save me! We then saw two girls next to us who were closer to Jaws, so we used the opportunity to swim back to shore. He had then chosen not follow us, but settle for the two other girls.

Honestly what the hell?! Who actually does that! He never said a word to us, just tried to grab us, thank God we got away otherwise I don’t know what he would have done!

I just don’t understand, I mean fair enough if you are at a club and a guy gets too touchy feely with you and you say your not interested and he goes away, but for someone to prey on you in the sea! It’s now got me scared.

It’s not just sea creatures under you, watch out for human jaws!

Has anything like this ever happened to you?

Love Saby