Today marks exactly 3 months since I left my friends, family and the familiar sights of Los Angeles and set out on this journey. Since then, I've shot youtube movies of various adventures, taken thousands of pictures, met countless people, traveled around and been able to continue my work.
This experience has challenged me to open my mind and let go of a lot of ideas about myself and my life that I've held onto tightly for a long time. The whole trip has been amazing and beautiful, but it's only the past week or so that I've started to experience a peace of mind and clarity I've never known.
It's incredible to me how easy it is to set up a life here in Madrid. People are so warm and welcoming. It continues to blow my mind. Spain isn't particularly ambitious as a nation at least in comparison to the blind accomplishment machine of the US and LA in particular. They take siestas every day, and close down for the month of August for vacation. My LA DNA is programmed for "GO. WORK. BE BUSY. MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN."
I find the people here happy with a good meal, and fun conversation with friends. Sure. They all work and are trying to do interesting things just like everyone everywhere else. And I've been to great dinners in LA with people I love. In fact, I'm looking forward to more of those when I go there in September. But this city and the people in it have a warmth about them I just love.
Evidently my visa expires after 90 days, so I booked a return flight right before they deport me in about another month. My plans for the that time are loose, but include more road trips, more work on my "big idea" and more time with my friends here. Including the ones I haven't met yet.
Funny. When I think of going back to the US for awhile, I find myself wanting to go to Las Vegas....with all its' grandeur and ridiculousness that make it so fantastic to me. I don't know my plans for when I get back and I have no interest in worrying about it right now. It'll depend on my art and music life as well as how I feel. But I'm guessing a trip to Las Vegas will be on the agenda.