A Casa

Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
Trip End Jul 04, 2008

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Flag of Spain and Canary Islands  , Galicia,
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I´m back in Vigo and I feel like I remember everything. It´s strange to be back in a place that I once called home. I took the trenhotel from Madrid Chamartin yesterday and since I was out in the sun all day in Córdoba, I´m sure I smelled pretty bad - especially since I haven´t done any heavy laundry since I´ve been out here. One thing about coming back to a familiar place is how you only remember the good things that happened and why you remember certain streets. Back when I lived in Vigo I used to look at all the ladies when I walked to and back from school and in my head would award one of them ¨Best looking female of the day¨. It actually wasn´t hard to give out such an award because pretty much all Spanish ladies take good care of themselves.  I also remembered all the stores I used to go to. Since in Vigo I had nothing to do after lunch each day, I would often walk around town going to anything different. I went to various parks, various monuments, but most of all I went to all the different places to shop. There would always be something new in a store. I could go back every once in a while. I quickly remembered Camelias, Urzáiz, Gran Via, El Corte Inglés y todo así.

In the morning my Spanish host mother picked me up from the train station. While I have gained 8 years since I once was here, I still have a young face. At least my hair has grown out though. But they´ve told me that my comportment is different. I hold myself differently than before. I would like to think I´m more mature, and I hope that I am. I was an immature brat when I lived in Spain. I wish I could blame it on the lifestyle here because a lot of the young folks are very needy and wanton, but I knew that it was just the phase I had gone through (especially with being away from my parents for the first time). I love that I have come back a different and likely a happier person this time. I can leave knowing that I enjoyed my time here and that I was able to make the most of it. I think the last time I came back to Vigo, it was to reclaim something I thought I had lost from my personality.

It´s amazing how much reflection that could come about just from a car ride from the train station to the house. The sights and memories that I have come so quickly from visions of all these places. I´m very glad to be back here and I think it shows. And I´m very glad that this was my last stop on my trip - Vigo is not the biggest tourist place, but to me it means a lot and I´ll be able to leave with a grand feeling of satisfaction.
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