Living (and working) in a monastery, which is kind of in the middle of nowhere and kind of scary when it’s late at night and you can’t see anything in the big hollow hallways, has actually been a little bit wonderful. Surprises like this are the best.
This place is full of lovely people, dark corners, big creaky windows and doors, and lots of places to explore.
I’ve found peace and relaxation here. I’ve found quiet moments to think and be alone, moments to laugh within in newly formed friendships and some of the best views of Spain I’ve seen yet.
Waking up and seeing the sun pouring over the green, dry hills of Castilla-La Mancha is one of the best parts of the day.
The other day I took a little hike with a friend to get a better view of our surroundings. The land was open and overwhelming and beautiful. It reminded me of the Midwest and where I grew up. It reminded me of home, and I felt happy.
Cheers to Uclés and its big, wide, open spaces that scare me at night. Cheers to the people I’ve met here and the way camp brings you together like nothing else. Cheers to stepping out of your comfort zone and finding something wonderful. Cheers to this tranquil peace of Spain, and in a way, to a little piece of home.