Singles Awareness Day, better known as Valentine’s Day, is basically everyday in Madrid. Because the economy is bad, many young Spaniards live in the family home until their 30s, forcing them to engage in their romantic acts while out in the city. Between daily public displays of affection and the commercial nature of the holiday, Valentine’s Day generally goes ignored in Spain. Nonetheless, I wasn’t going to pass up an excuse to eat good chocolate with good friends. Because that’s what Valentine’s Day is really about.
As a celebration of the end of my first class, and a consolation for the weeks of difficult classes to come, a few friends and I got together for an American movie night. Brownies in hand, the five of us sat squished on the European-sized couch to watch “P.S. I Love You.” The film was, coincidentally, dually appropriate. Not only was it a sappy Valentine’s Day movie, but it is also about a girl who meets her true love while studying abroad. As I get older, romantic comedies seem much more “rom” than they are “com.” Though I don’t have any intentions to find my soul mate in Spain, the movie preached that one never knows what one will find while traveling. It showed that in the end, no matter who or what you loved, the love for adventure, exploration, and life will carry you on.
Paz, Amor, Madrid