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Goodbye from Eleni

The final blog to write since my departure is definitely on the horizon. Mixed feelings, many thoughts. What to say and what to leave behind? It’s certainly an experience that’s already etched in my brain. I feel more appreciation than sadness, for sure. I appreciate the fact that I had the opportunity to work with so many young, aspirational people, learn from my mentors, meet and connect with locals here, and create shadow theatre workshops—a proud achievement I can share. I can’t believe it’s time to say goodbye. I don’t like goodbyes, but it signifies the end of one journey and the beginning of another. A journey full of experiences, new people, knowledge, and definitely a time to remember.

I can confidently confess that the last months here in A Guarda have been fortunate. Sunny days, no rains, to start with. I swam in the freezing waters of the Atlantic and got a taste of what summer can be like here. Also, coming from the Mediterranean area, having the chance to swim in the Atlantic Ocean can definitely be marked as a bucket list item since I am an ocean lover. I expect to return to my desert island and wonder where all the green nature has gone. I had the chance to visit the beautiful city everyone speaks about, Santiago de Compostela. Witnessing people deciding to walk for hours in order to reach a place, especially Santiago, provides an inspiring insight. After my trip to Malaga, I came to the realization that Galicia is the greenest and most nature-rich region of Spain. At this moment, I can say that I’m leaving A Guarda fulfilled with good memories and beautiful images of the region. I’ve met people and formed connections that will make saying goodbye even harder. I’m really glad that these 7 months here in A Guarda have treated me, at the end of the day, in a way that makes it feel like home. Give thanks.