I’ve always thought that the lifestyle I’ve lived has always been a rather chill one. I hang out at local breweries with my dad, I make small talk with random strangers, I like exploring coffee shops on my own, and am constantly taking random classes on my own. A few months before, I was taking French lessons at the OC Lingual Institute, after work. Before class, I would stop by the French bistro, Moulin, in Newport Beach. There I would practice my French with the workers, enjoy French cuisine for dinner, and a glass of red wine all while I was doing some last minute studying or getting ahead of lessons. At the time I was dating a Frenchie and I remember he looked me in the eye and asked, “you just know how to enjoy life, don’t you?”
Fast forward to when I was in Europe and I felt that they took it up a notch. On Sundays, the French take a rest day and all the shops are closed (worst day to fly in btw). The Spanish start and end their days late. Both cultures enjoy glasses of wine during the middle of the day, no big deal. In Malaga, I went exploring in the morning and at lunch, I had vegan tapas accompanied by a large glass of sangria at The Green Iguana. I chatted up my bartender/cook while I ate and learned how he prepared my food. During ciesta, I walked back to my hostel and took a nap. I would then wake up at 8 PM to get ready for dinner at 9:30 PM. My experience in Europe is nothing like the life I live in America, where everything is fast paced. People hardly to get to know one another, don’t even greet the barista making their coffee (in France and Spain, you better greet “bonjour” or “hola” for service), they rush while driving (guilty), eat fast food for convenience sake, swipe right for a quick fling, support the fast fashion industry – just to do it all over again the next day.
So take a minute or an hour out your busy day to do something you enjoy – whether that includes doing some sun salutations, enjoy a long walk around the neighborhood,
Netflix & Chill, faire du lèche-vitrines (literlly to go “window licking”), learn to knit or sew, whatever your heart desires!