It Could Be You – Tricia Audette

10 January 2017 0 Comments Category: blog, Expats Interviews, Living in Spain

My name is Tricia Audette, I’m from Calgary and Spain chose me almost 7 years ago. The short version of the story is I ended up here after falling in love with the language. I discovered, after backpacking the greater part of Latin America and living in the Dominican Republic, that I had a strong desire to live the language.

I find Spanish to be so beautiful so when Spain landed on my radar one day I jumped at the opportunity.  I had befriended one of the directors from Cirque Du Soleil years back and he messaged me out of the blue one day.  The show touring Spain was looking for a teacher.  While I didn’t get the job, I won in many other ways as I ended up here all the same.

I love the intense levels of happiness I feel daily. Madrid has quite literally changed who I am and the way I see myself and the world.  I came as a teacher and overtime turned into an entertainer.  I always loved performance but it wasn’t something I realistically felt I could do so it got put on the back burner.  Madrid brought it to the forefront. Possibilities feel endless here with so many venues available for performance and a large community of people who attend shows.

If you asked me what makes Madrid so special to me? Everything.  Period.  I love how there is always something to do and the ease at which you can get around the city.  There is an abundance of social activity, the streets are lively and I am constantly coming across places with character – coffee shops, stores, markets, small bars.  Plus, if that wasn’t enough, Madrid is people watching prime time. There is nothing better than sitting on a terrace with a coffee and enjoying the crowds.

There’s such a variety of people and I really appreciate how you really can be whoever you want to be.  There’s a strong feeling of acceptance among all walks of life and styles and ways of living.  Another definite perk is the fact that you don’t have to be rich to enjoy Madrid.  There’s options for all economic levels.

I’ve been here for almost 6 years and every year I fall more in love.  There’s an energy and vibrance to the city that cannot be compared to any other I have ever experienced.  It’s a safe, easy, livable city.  The transportation is amazing, people are friendly, the options of entertainment and social events are limitless.  What more could you ask for.

Spain feels more like home to me than Canada, though I do enjoy visiting my city – Calgary – a couple times a year.  I think I definitely have learned to go with the flow a bit more and take life one day at a time.

I remember when I first landed in Barcelona and at the time we didn’t have smartphones, so we had to use these funny things called maps. And I remember being very lost and not knowing where the street signs were until I discovered they were on the sides of buildings.  And sometimes not so I often didn’t know where I was (which really isn’t just in Spain).

There’s a lot things that impressed me when I moved to Spain: topless beaches were definitely new to me, the eating times were strange and of course the palaces, castles and cathedrals were (and are still) enchanting. Canada is a relatively “young” country so it was quite cool to be on a train and see a castle out the window, for example

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