18 Things About Learning to be 18 in Spain

By: Cheyenne Wilson

  1. This isn’t high school, if you have to go to the bathroom get up and go…we’re adults now and no one decides when we get to go.
  2. No more ‘busy work’, we’re learning Spanish…essentially how to live.
  3. Curfews don’t exist, but you should still be responsible.
  4. It’s up to you to speak up if you don’t like something, even your mamás cooking.
  5. You don’t have to ask permission to go out, you’re old enough to make your own decisions just tell your family goodbye.
  6. If you want to have wine with your pasta, have it.
  7. But, remember your limits and don’t look like a fool in public.
  8. You can’t be dependent on everyone else, it’s up to you to get home and whatever else you may need.
  9. Even though you have more freedoms, your mamá, papá or abuela will still treat you like one of their own.
  10. Public transit is hard for a country girl, you can’t hop in the car and drive anywhere you want, learn to love being limited.
  11. Even though you’re off conquering the world your mom will fuss about not talking to you…she just misses you and your ‘grown-up’ self.
  12. You’re tougher than you think you are.
  13. Little kids will make you feel dumb when they speak Spanish 100 miles an hour and you can barely ask for a bathroom.
  14. Respect for little old women who still walk around town without complaining.
  15. You have to take care of each other, no matter what or where even if that means walking 37 minutes out of your way to take someone home.
  16. Even though you’re responsible for yourself, your mamá will still come make your bed for you ❤
  17. If you’re picky, it’s time to grow up and try new things, or life is really hard.
  18. An open mind can change your experience from just okay and surviving to amazing and experiential.
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