Hey everyone, Addie here! We wanted to do a quick post on some of the most asked questions that Jose and I get. These are just a sampling of those questions, but we hope that it is a more personal look into what we’re doing this year, and who we are!
What is it like being with each other 24/7?
So yes, Jose and I are with each other literally 24/7 🙂 This, like anything else, comes with its joys and its struggles. Jose and I have been together for 7 years. We met when we were 17, and 18, and have seen each other through the best and worst of those years. We also met right at the beginning of college, where you grow and change drastically. Because of this we truly are each other’s best friend, and wouldn’t want to spend this much time with anyone else. For me personally, I’ve always wanted to work closely with Jose and have a more synced up schedule. We’ve been able to connect in new and exciting ways and really grow together during this season. Is it hard? Yes. We’ve had to realize is that alone time becomes a lot more important when you’re spending so much time together. Pursuing your own personal hobbies is also even more important. We both make sure that we’re pursuing these personal joys on our own, and also including each other in them! I honestly wouldn’t change this experience for anything. And being together all the time has brought way more joy than it has hardship.
Favorite country so far?
Jose: Jose’s favorite country so far is Italy. Specifically Lake Como. When we planned this trip abroad I was the MOST excited for Italy. I’ve already been here and completely fell in love with the culture, food, and beauty of this country. Because of that, I’ve been talking up Italy for YEARS. It was so special seeing Jose fall just as in love with this incredible country. Jose especially has loved the food, people, and the mind blowing natural beauty. Lake Como is one of those places that feels like it isn’t real because it is so beautiful. Being able to see that together was such a special experience and has made Italy his favorite country so far.
Addie: For me, this is a really hard question. Each country we’ve visited holds a special place in my heart and has impacted me in different ways. To say what my “favorite” country is I would have to categorize it into a country I could see myself living in. For me, that is Portugal. We visited Porto, Portugal for a quick trip right when we moved to Barcelona, and the experience hasn’t left me since. Everything about Portugal was amazing. The food, so cheap and so incredible. The people, kind and vibrant. The culture absolutely fascinating. We saw such a small corner of Portugal, and I could absolutely see myself spending many more months traveling through and experiencing it. Click here for our blog post about Portugal.
Jose: For Jose, his favorite meal was in Porto, Portugal. The restaurant was called Belos Aires, and if you don’t go here while you’re in Porto then you’re making a huge mistake. It is a small, family run restaurant, the mother of the chef served us our food. We feasted on empanadas, steak, seared ahi, and a dulce de leche stuffed brownie. I don’t think either of us have ever been that full and definitely regretted it in the morning. But it was so worth it.
Addie: For me, my favorite meal was a small Venezuelan arepa restaurant in Barcelona. Arepas are a thick corn pancake that is stuffed with different food. I have had Colombian arepas before, made by my beautiful mother in law. I’ve also had Venezuelan arepas, but never like this. The place is called La Taguaria Areparia, and we went at least once a week every week we lived in Barcelona. Each one was 5 euros, and my favorite was stuffed with sweet plantains, queso fresco, and avocado. You could also get a variety of tropical juices to go along with it. I would always get passion fruit, and Jose would usually get the mango. I don’t really know what else to say about it except we would walk 30 minutes there and 30 back just to eat at the restaurant.
What do you miss the most about home?
Jose: Jose misses the variety of food you can get back in the Bay Area. On any given day we could find delicious dimsum, sushi, Italian, Indian, Vietnamese, Peruvian, Burmese, Thai, Ethiopian, and Mexican food. This all was within 20 minutes from us. Having this variety of food is something we took for granted, and we definitely have not found this to be the case in the countries we have lived in so far. We’ve found some variety! But the huge range you can find in the Bay Area is unlike any other.
Addie: The comfortability of home is what I miss the most. Back home I could find a restaurant in a minute that I liked, wanted to go to, and knew would be open. I had a huge list of my favorite coffee shops and stores. Grocery stores all made perfect sense, and I could find what I needed in 5 minutes. Eventually, we find our favorite places in the countries we live in, but it’s always a little different. A lot of the meals I could cook back home I can’t cook in other countries because the grocery stores just have completely different stock. Things like this may sound kinda silly, but it impacts you over time.
Would you do this again?
This is a great question and one that we only recently have been able to answer. The short answer is no, we won’t do something like this again. When I say “this” I mean specifically traveling around the world for 1 year, moving every month most of the time, and not having a consistent community to plug into. This year has been incredibly growing, and special to us both. However, we wouldn’t do this year exactly like this again.
Instead, we are interested in coming back home, paying off our student debt as fast as possible, and traveling much more slowly. This means spending at least 3 months in one place, and having consistent time back in the states visiting with our families and friends. Honestly, right now we aren’t exactly sure what it’ll look like. We know we want to continue traveling A LOT, but we also know we wouldn’t do this exact year over again. So stay tuned for our future plans, and what it’ll look like!
So there you have it, hope you guys enjoy, and please comment below with any other personal questions you have for us! We love being able to give a more personal look into our year abroad and look forward to continuing answering your questions.