Spain is a mountainous country and Granada is no exception. Everywhere you go, you are walking up and down hills. So, it feels like going to the gym 4-5 times a day for 15-30 minutes at a time. My body has had to adjust to a change in diet, exhaustion, pain from walking on cobble stones constantly, and dehydration. It was only when I tried to work that I noticed that it was difficult to focus and concentrate. I didn’t panic. I just started thinking about what could be contributing to it. I wasn’t drinking enough water. So, I started boiling water and saving it in a container. I wasn’t eating enough, so I started cooking food in advance so I could eat more regularly.
It was really nice that people included me in activities. But, I also found it very easy to fall into other people’s agendas. There came a point where I just had to say “Enough!” I took a day to just relax and regroup. My word for the day was “slow.” Since then I have been checking in with my body and my own priorities before getting involved in anything. I remind myself that I can here to learn Flamenco, which means my feet need to be rested. I need sufficient food, energy, and sleep.