I wanted to get out a blog post before the end of the year, but I’m sure similar to you, these last few weeks have been hectic. It has been a great time for reflection. Without work Christmas parties, family get togethers or drinks with friends, I had a lot of spare time. Some of it was spent packing my apartment and saying goodbye to my favourite places in Madrid. But the majority was spent making my documentary. This is the first one I’ve ever filmed. It’s not perfect in many ways. I was pushed for time, lacked the equipment and the editing prowess, but I am very proud of it.
It is called Nuestro Año, which in English means Our Year. It is a rough documentary in an interview sort of style with three of my close friends here in Spain about our experience studying abroad. I scripted, directed, edited and filmed almost all of it myself. And it has very much been our year. The travelling, the learning and the emotional (and physical) growth has been intense. I struggle to remember all the highlights because there were so many, and yet it was also a year filled with enormous challenges, loneliness and difficulties in many aspects.
Pulling down the postcards off my bedroom wall, doing a final load of laundry and sitting in an empty room eating a mixture of what was left in the fridge was quite emotional. Madrid has so much beauty and I’ve admired every window balcony and alleyway but the bitch has tested every one of my limits and I am surprisingly very ready to leave. I think my time here is done, and I’m ready to move on with my life and get set on the next stage of achievements. But it will be extremely sad to say goodbye, and you know I’ll be creating a new playlist on my iPhone called “cry it out” specifically to listen on the plane as it takes off.
Sydney, my home, my first love, the foundations of my soul… I’m coming back to you.