Au Pair Spain: Life with a Spanish family

It’s 9 pm on a Thursday night, Adelina and Daniel have just returned home from a hot summers evening stroll.  Their children Carlos (7) and Luis (9) are of to bed having spent the last few hours drawing, watching TV and playing on computer games. I have promised Luis that I will read a couple of chapters of Harry Potter to him tonight, he loves fantasy tales and I have great fun playing the different characters in the book! Luis’s English has developed so well over the past 6 weeks, it was very basic when I first arrived but now she is able to hold a full conversation in English.   Carlos is a little cheekier; he doesn’t speak much English but communicates well.

It’s been a long day.  There is a fun fair in town for a couple of days and I took the children there to check it out.  Its so hot here at the moment at 26C, not that I am complaining as my mum said it hasn’t stopped raining in Brighton!  We had great fun on the rides and at the petting zoo.  Our afternoon was spent at the local outdoor pool and Adelina and her sister Clara joined us for an afternoon of keeping cool and splashing around.

I have fallen in love with Madrid; it really is the most beautiful and exciting city.  I couldn’t have been more welcomed by my host family and I really do feel like one of them.  I must admit I was apprehensive before I came over to Spain, of course I have been here before but a package holiday is a little different to moving in full time with a Spanish family.  Within an hour of settling into the family home I was at complete ease.  Adelina and Daniel both speak fairly good English, a little broken at times but I suppose that’s why I am here to help them and in return learn Spanish!  I have also been welcomed greatly by the extended family in particular Adelina’s sisters. They give me a lot of freedom to have my own experiences as long as I am respectful to their house rules, which of course I am.

I have plans tonight with a group of friends I have made since I arrived 6 weeks ago.  Through this experience I have made friends from Spain, England, France, America and New Zealand. Tonight we are off to the cinema to see an English translation of Twilight!  I am having a complete blast and recommend the program to anyone!

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