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Un poco de esto, y un poco de eso...

6 marzo 2020
I finished my first week of teaching right on the heels of my first (let's hope only!) case of acute conjunctivitis. I am very grateful that the two didn't really overlap, because teaching with only one eye open and the other oozing pus isn't the sort of thing that tends to inspire confidence from one's students. The gift conjuntivitis gave me was noticing how much my idea of others' perceptions of me based on my appearance mattered. The day that my eye was nearly swollen shut I found myself hunching into myself as I moved around the city, barely able to make eye contact with anyone. Before moving to Spain I read a blog post about how Spanish women are very stylish and never leave the house sans nice clothes and makeup on point. I spent my first few weeks here measuring myself against every woman I passed. Then I had to start my week of teaching (and will have to continue for two more weeks) without wearing any makeup. And I love it. It feels so freein…

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