It’s been almost nine months since my first moving abroad story. Almost as intense as pregnancy (as I heard). A lot has changed and I think this is the perfect moment for an update. No baby has born, well not a human being, but my blog definitely did. Together with my happiness, new friends, coffee knowledge and two new jobs.
So, nine months. Quit some time no? Well, for me it all went so fast. Don’t know if you have read my story, but it was not really a happy fairly tale by that time. Now I can kinda say that this fairy tale has a happy ending after all. While writing that first story I just survived an evil witch chapter of my life and I was kind of crawling out of it. Back to the light. Starting my blog was the best thing I could do by that time. Since starting it already brought me so much. Words that popping up are blessed, lucky, greatful, thankful and amazed.
In this previous blogpost (if you haven’t read it, you can read it here) I wasn’t positive nor negative. I was like Switserland. Making the best out of it. I was living my life here, but not really enjoying it. Working with coffee, but not 100% liking the coffee. Having some friends, but not really meeting new people. Talking Spanish, but not really being part of the conversation. A bit lonely even. Until six months ago I was still planning to leave Barcelona. Going back to The Netherlands or explore a new country. But I’m still here. Things have changed completely.
That things changed has several reasons. Let’s start with the change of job (the first one). At the end of my previous story you could read that I was becoming a trainer for Costa Coffee. I was looking forward. This was what I wanted, my goal. I’ve learned a lot during this job. More knowledge about coffee and teaching and I improved my Spanish. Still I was not completely happy during my job, but didn’t realize it though.
Do you know when I was the happiest person? Yes, when I was off. Time for good coffees, meeting new crazy coffee people and do things for my blog. I kinda forced myself in the beginning of my blog to go to every coffee event, meeting or new coffee place that was happening in town. Showing my face, talking to people, creating content for my blog. Ofcourse I was happy to be around coffee, so forcing sounds a bit heavy. But I had to cross a border, push my boundaries. Getting out, being around new people, talk Spanish. I could have say, okay not this time I will go the next time, but I didn’t. It made me feel strong and meeting new people gave me so much energy and happiness. Slowly I started to get to know the people, and the people starting to know me. It was so nice to talk about coffee all the time. I am thankful for the people I’ve met, what they have taught me and the opportunities they gave me. Cuppings, playing with machines, help out in a coffee place, visit a roastery. Wow!
Enjoying a cup of filter coffee at the roastery of Nømad Coffee (October 2015)
So just a few weeks ago I saw this job offer as a barista. My actual plan was to start working with Specialty Coffee again next year. Well, this came out different. I was missing Specialty Coffee so much in my job. To have it only in my free time wasn’t enough anymore. So back to this job offer. I applied. Without realizing I wasn’t totally happy in my current job. With fear that I was giving up something beautiful. But I got invited for an interview here and it felt really good. A few days later I had a message from another coffee place if I was interested in an interview with them. Well, yes! From not really being looking for some other job, I had two opportunities in front of me. Thank you Karma. I did try outs in both places, which was amazing. Working with passionated people, bloody good coffee and the nicest customers.
Now I can happily tell you guys that I just started as a barista at Nømad Coffee. An amazing opportunity. I have new goals to reach and I hope I can reach them here. Two years ago I had my first good coffee in this place and now I will be on the other side of the bar. Making (hopefully) amazing coffees for other coffeelovers. I already learned a lot in my first week there.
Enjoying a shot of Cold Brew Nitro at my new job.
So, as you can read my life changed completely in the last nine months. Happy here in Barcelona. Definitely not planning to leave for a while. Enjoying and having fun every day. Looking forward to my new job. And I will be an aunt and the end of the year. There will be a baby born after all. A baby that I will spoil so much, with presents, love and yes, coffee.
Life is good. And don’t forget to be nice to Ms. Karma. One day it will come back.