Random Thoughts in a Park on a Sunny November Day

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November 6, 2015
El Retiro Park 

It’s 1:29pm on a sunny November afternoon that actually feels more like September. I’m not even wearing a jacket – it’s that warm. Short sleeves in November?! I could get used to this.

These women keep trying to give me herbs – rosemary or something. I hate having to say ‘no’ a million times but I guess you have to admire their persistence.

It’s so weird to think that I would have been going home in about five weeks! I’m not quite ready to go home yet. There’s still too much I want to see, do, and learn. My aunt told me I’ll know when it’s time to go home and I think she’s right.

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El Retiro Park in Madrid

This park is really lovely. Bikers and dog-walkers pass back and forth, old couples and young couples stroll by. Fish and ducks swim in the big pond behind me and every once in a while, there’s a big splash when one of them jumps. Oh, a jazz band just started playing and I think the atmosphere just increased by a factor of 10%. I love jazz music.

I’m trying to immortalize how I feel right now, with the November sunshine beating down on my bare arms, and the calm lapses of the water behind me, the birds flying in the sky, and the leaves blowing in the slight breeze. I am still confused about certain parts of my life but if I’m sitting here right now feeling this happy, I think I must be doing something right.

The band just started playing a cha-cha version of Fernando by ABBA. My foot is tapping along. Oh, I really need new boots. I’d rather not spend money on boot or clothes, but I think that if I were to separate wants from needs, new boots would definitely be a need. The sole part is almost completely off…and winter is coming. I walked into Primark – this really big clothing store – with Stacie earlier today because she needed to buy shoes, and I was so tempted to buy everything! << Current song: In the Mood>> I wanted to buy a new toque, a red scarf, and this fancy winter coat too, especially because everything is cheaper than it is at home. But I already have a scarf; do I really need another one? Anyway, I really was very tempted so I  had to leave or I think I would have bought everything. And then I would have had buyer’s remorse and who wants that? Not me.

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Fall in Madrid

It’s almost 2:00 and I have to go home soon to make sandwiches for the kids.  I don’t want to leave yet; I want to sit right here on this ledge until it gets too cold. Now the band is playing Fly me to the Moon. I LOVE THIS BAND! I am going to Granada tomorrow – it’s a long weekend in Madrid so I’m taking advantage of it. Now they are playing All of Me. I want to shake the hand of the person who made this set list. Anyway, my next few weekends are busy with trips. OMG SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW. I feel so lucky that I’ve gotten to see so much of Spain. HELL  NO,  HELLO DOLLY! This is my favourite song!! I can’t believe this. Now I really don’t want to leave. Spain is such a nice country; very laid-back and carefree with friendly people.

Well, it’s 2pm. I can’t be late so I think it would be safe if I leave now. I’ve had a lovely afternoon and I hope you have too. Really, I think the only things I need to be happy are a sunny November day, a nice band, and falling orange leaves. Why can’t every day be like today? I think I shall have to come and sit in parks more often. So many interesting things to see…

PS: Cheek to Cheek!! 

 

 

Kazandra Pangilinan

Kazandra is probably not that different from you. She eats, sleeps,and wonders about how to make the most of this life. This blog is dedicated to the trials and triumphs she has experienced in the process of growing up in her quest to find meaning, connection and happiness.

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