Double checking the list – yup, yup, yup. I ticked all the boxes so I guess I get to go home now. Well, it already said that on my ticket, so I would have left anyway. But it does feel good to know that I came, I conquered, and I left. I’m no Alexander the Great, and I didn’t bring an army with me, but I assembled one when I got here and, together, we did it all!
On my final day, I popped into the bank where I opened my account last week. I needed some coaching on wiring money and how they do banking here – needing to pay my new Valencian Landlord and such. The woman who helped me open my account last Thursday was shocked to see me, and more than a little surprised to hear why I was there.
‘You’ve already rented an apartment?!”
‘Well, yes. That’s one of the main reasons I came here on this trip. And a few other things, as you know – like opening the bank account.’
She looked at me thoughtfully.
‘You are…I don’t know the word in English’ (she throws out a few Spanish words I don’t recognize).
My mind races. Thinking of a few things I’d been called in my life. They weren’t as flattering as one might think.
‘Organized?’ I offer with a smile, hoping she’s going to be charitable.
‘No.’ She types on the computer, frantically searching for the answer.
‘Determined! You are the most determined person I’ve seen.’
‘In a good way, right?’
She squints and then smiles.
Perhaps she recognizes that my ‘bank door entering skills’ have much improved in 5 days! Anyway, this determined girl is going HOME. It will only take me 22 hours from now. Then I get to wake up and host Thanksgiving for our family! Yay! Lets just see how much determination I have left in the tank by then. Or how edible the dinner might be. Hasta Luego, Valencia!! We will meet again!