OK, disclaimer, this blog is definitely written in the stream of consciousness style, so you’ll need to bear with me as you’re reading the posts, if and when you read them entirely! I’m writing these blogposts primarily for myself, as way to archive my year abroad, because it’s a unique time that I know will be/is already very transformative for me!
This past week was quite relaxed, alot of chilling, travelling to student’s houses to do private tuition and then Toledo on the weekend. It’s such a cute, little city which is full of Spain’s rich historical past and reminders from Spain’s relationships with the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Islam and Christianity).
On the way to Toledo, we put on Pretty Woman (the film) to watch during the long 4 hour coach ride from Valencia. I have to say, I loved it SO much, but I really didn’t expect to. Normally, I find it difficult to stay engaged with a film and so usually I’ll start a film but won’t finish it off or just watch parts of it. But Pretty Woman was different. I definitely understand now why it’s such a classic!
Quick plot summary: a rich businessman (Edward), unsatisfied with his love life after having breaking up with his girlfriend spontaneously steals his accountant’s car and heads for a drive, not knowing where or whom he would end up, meets a prostitute (Vivian) with whom he ends up falling in love, after spending a week together as a couple to keep up appearances for his business dealings.
I loved the way Edward just accepted Vivian completely for who she was as she was not afraid to be completely herself. It struck me that, that type of authenticity is needed in all types of relationships, not only in romantic ones but also friendships and familal relationships to truly enjoy what each person has to offer. What I loved most about the film was the way they were both fully in their moments together which allowed them to fall in love so quickly – I mean, a week, really isn’t alot of time, even if you spend every minute of every hour of every day together, but when you accept ‘the what is’, anything can happen. It got me thinking about acceptance and fully being in the present. Meditation (shoutout to Heasdpace – it’s a great tool for guided meditation, I really recommend it) has helped me so much be able to fully be in the present moment and being able to observe thoughts, letting them pass without being sucked into the emotion that they often carry with them. I’m definitely striving to be present more and more each day and also being ok with the times when I’m not present, because that’s ok too. 5th week down, and many more to go. I’m so grateful to be able to be in Valencia and I’m excited for many memories to be made!
Anyways, that’s all for today folks (LOL!), come back next week for more of whatever this is! Oh and if anyone has any film recommendations – please let me know, I want to start watching more films, but good quality films, with meaningful plots!
Pictures: (various points within the Alcázar of Toledo, from the Puente de San Martin, narrow passages in Toledo – it’s full of them)