Catching Up on My Life

It’s been a while; since, I wrote a post. I will start back in June and work my way to October. Back in June, I went to the U.S. to get a new visa. I switched programmes, so I could stay in Madrid. I spent the summer seeing friends and travelling to different parts of the U.S. I went to places like Las Angeles, Seattle, Angel Fire, Yellowstone National Park, parts of the north on a family holiday, and many other places. I was back in the States for a total of 9 weeks, but I spent 5 of the 9 weeks on the road and travelling. It was nice to see family and friends, but when it was time to go, I knew, I was ready to get back to Spain.

When I got back to Madrid, I started looking for a place to call home. This year was worse than the last two years. I took me nearly a month to find a place that I loved and wanted. I live in the centre in a very nice and clean flat with one other person. I am happy.

I like my new school a lot. I am working with students as young as one years old and students as old as sixteen years old. I will say that I am becoming more of a fan for students between the ages of five years and ten years. Why they are so sweet and cute. Plus, the lesson plans are much more simple.

I have managed to meet some very nice girls in my new teaching programme. We get together and have brunch, traveling, shopping, visiting museums, and many other fun activities. I think this year will be great with the new people I have met. I am going on a trip soon with some of the girls from my new group of friends.

In December, I will be going to Munich and London. Then in January, I will be going to Budapest. I am looking forward to revisiting two of my favourite cities and getting the change to Explore Budapest for the first time. I think my life has been great, but I need to do a better job of keeping up with my life on this blog. I will post again soon.

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How to Get: Certificato Por Delitos Naturaleza Sexual

This year the Spanish Government passed a new law that requires anyone working with children to register and prove that they don’t have any kind of history of doing anything wrong with children. This new paperwork has caused a lot of confusing for people. Fear not! It’s easier than one thinks.  For more information on this document check out this site.

Here are the steps:

  1.  Download the PDF form from the Ministry of Justice site
  2. Fill it out (2 copies) 2
  3. Go to calle Bolsa with the papers and a copy of NIE and wait to be called
  4. Give paperwork to the clerk sitting at the table
  5.  The clerk stamps your copy and gives it back to you
  6. Scan the form and send it to place of work
  7. 6-10 days later, you will receive a message containing a code
  8.  You have to sign in with in the website and download the main certificate

How to Get a Spanish Background Check in Person

Doing any kind of paperwork in Spain can be a daunting task, I know firsthand how stressful it is do anything with the government. In this post, you will learn how to successfully obtain a Spanish background check at Ministerio de Justicia in Madrid.

It is easier to do this task in Spain than from overseas. I requested a background check  from the U.S. and it was stressful. It took two weeks to get my background check by post.  I was a wreck, but everything worked out in the end. Okay. Let’s get back on topic: how to obtain a background check in Spain.

First thing you will need to do is get a copy of the 790 Form. You can go the Ministry of Justice and get a copy outside the main entrance. Also, you can download  and print a copy of the form the Ministry’s website.  Fill out only the Administration part. Here’s detailed information on how to fill out the form. I got this information from the blog called Knocking on Doors.

“You can download this form in Spanish or English from the Ministry of Justice website (links above). Each time you download it your receipt number changes so make sure you are using the same form for all of your different copies! You will be sending the form that says Copy for the Administration to Spain.

Fill out Identification (I) Section will your old NIE number, name and address. Ignore box 16.

In the Self-Assessment (2) Section check box 17 for Criminal Record. In Part A, write in that you will be using it in the United States for the Consulate General of Spain. In Part B, fill in your old NIE number and your information. For 32, I put Spanish long-term student visa application.  Ignore 33 unless you want to receive a background check from other EU countries (not sure what happens if you do this).  Ignore Part C.

In the Informant (3) Section, the first dotted line is the city you live in followed by the date in day-month-year format. Sign.

In the Deposit (4) Section, for the amount in euros boxes but 3 in the first larger box and 66 in the smaller box.

Do this for the collaborating entity copy and interested party copy, which you will keep for yourself (Knocking on Doors).”

After you complete filling out the form, you need to go to your bank and pay the tasa (tax) to the Ministry of Justice. At the moment, the tasa is 3.70 in Euros. This can change; therefore, it is best to check what the current rate for the tasa.  This will save yourself some major headaches and wasting more money.

After you complete the two tasks above, go to the Ministery of Justice  on Calle de la Bolsa 8, 28012 Madrid and wait in line. Also, bring your passport or NIE!  The two closes metro stations are Sol (Lines: 1,2, and 3) and Triso de Molina (Line: 1).  Once you get past security, you need to get a ticket from the kiosk. Select the option called:  “antecedentes penales.” Then wait for your number to be called and then you will get your background check right on the spot.

 

 

Solo Travel: Why I Love Going Solo

Over the last year and a half, I have become very fond of solo travel. I have been on many solo trips to Paris, London, Munich, Vienna, Italy (Rome, Florence, Naples, Scotland, and more. As female solo traveler, I find power and freedom in going to places by myself. It is a rewarding feeling to know that I planned and put a holiday together by myself. This gives me confidence in believing that I can do anything in life that I want to accomplish.  Solo traveling makes me a stronger human.

I love going on trips by myself because I can promote more personal growth. Plus, allow myself to discover the world without other people affection my views on life. During my holidays, I don’t feel alone on my trips ever.  Because no matter where I have gone by myself, I have always met many people on my trips. When traveling by yourself, you are never truly alone. Some way you meet other fellow travellers on the road.

Safety is very important to me. When traveling alone, I always put my safety and well being at the top of my list. It’s all about using common sense. Bottom line is don’t leave your common sense  at home. I don’t put myself in unsafe situations. I take care of myself because I can on depend on myself while I am traveling by myself.

I love how I can focus on what I want to spend my time on in a city. If I want to go slow, I can take my time and enjoy what I want to see. There are times that I want to move fast and have an action packed day. When I was in Paris, during the November 2015 attacks, I had one day see what I could in Paris. I got up early and went out to see the major attractions of Paris. Plus, I saw the Eiffel Tower twice in that day. It was amazing. I hope to go back to Paris next spring, so I give the city of lights a proper chance. I enjoy creating the pace of how I will move and see things during my holiday.

I am hoping to spend another year in Spain and then move to Korea. I am running out on places to see in Europe. Don’t get me wrong I love Europe and living here. However, I want to see other parts of the world and allow myself time to see new cultures and learn a new language.  While I am in Korea, I want to go to Japan, India, China, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and more a few other places.  For places like India, China, and Thailand I will go on a group tour so I can be safe.  I want to experience life, be happy, and travel.

2016: Making the Impossible Happen

There are about 18 days left of 2015 and it’s time for me to start thinking about what I want accomplish and do in the coming new year. In the new year, I want to apply to some doctoral programmes back in the U.S. I want to specialise in international education. Also,  I need to take the GRE this coming year. Most applications are due in early December of 2016.  Applying to doctoral programmes is the biggest item on the docket for 2016. As long as I apply myself, I can accomplish this goal without any issue.

In 2016, I want finish my travel list for Europe. I am applying to some different auxiliary programmes, so I can continue to stay in Madrid for another year or two.  This year I will be turning 30rd years old and I really don’t have anything special planned for this milestone birthday. I believe if I get into a doctoral programme, travel and live in Europe, and just live a happy life. I think I am doing well for someone being 30rd years old.

My travel list for 2016:

  • Scandinavia: Copenhagen Denmark, Stockholm Sweden, and Oslo Norway,
  • Morocco
  • Italy: Milan and Venice
  • Spain: Canary Islands
  • Multi Country: Istanbul Turkey and Athens Greece
  • Multi Country: Amsterdam Netherlands  and Brussels Belgium

 

Tentative Plan for the Next Year

I am planning to stay in Madrid, Spain, for one more year. During this last year in Spain, my focus will be on seeing the last places on my Europe travel list and applying to different doctoral programmes in the U.S.A. and the U.K. I would like to specialise in International Education.  There are three schools I am interested in applying to.

  1. New York University 
  2. University of Sussex 
  3. Boston College 

I hope to start the application process next fall for the 2017-2018 school year. I am still about a year away from applying. At the moment, I am reviewing for the GRE and plan to take the exam during summer holiday. After I get my GRE scores, I can start focusing on applying for the doctoral programmes.

During my last year in Madrid, I hope to get accepted into a master’s programme through the Universidad de Alcalá. I want to apply to the International Education Programme. I believe this programme would look great on my CV and give me more experience teaching and living overseas.  I would still have health insurance and a monthly pay check. The programme is only a year long. Plus, I would have to work on a thesis to graduate. I believe I could use the thesis as foundation work for my dissertation in my doctoral programme. I think this is a great plan. I want to start working on applying to the Universidad de Alcalá this coming week. Wish me luck!

Fall 2015 Update

I’ve been in Madrid, Spain, for a little under a month. This week I have my green card appointment. Once I finish the green card paperwork, I can relax and really start focusing on living and enjoying Europe. I will get my new green card in a month.  I can’t believe how fast the days are moving. It’s already fall here and now it’s time to start thinking about winter break travel plans. I am hoping to spend winter break in Germany and Italy. I think this would be a very nice trip.

Other than planning and dreaming of traveling, I am finally moved into my new flat. This past weekend I bought hangers and tape to make my room more of a home. I finally put up pictures and hung up clothing in my closet. I hope to get some new clothes for the fall. My goal is to buy a nice winter jacket. Coming from Texas, I’ve never needed a heavy coat. I want a nice winter jacket, so I will be warm in Madrid and traveling around Germany and Italy. I want to print out more pictures of family and friends to put up on my walls.

I spent this past weekend wondering around Madrid with a friend from camp. It was very enjoyable showing someone from Texas my home in Spain. The park was my favourite part of this weekend. The leaves are beginning to change. I love autumn very much. I love how the weather gets cooler, buying pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks, wearing scarfs and cute fall clothing, celebrating Halloween, and changing colours of the leaves. I love being able to spend the autumn in Madrid. I am dreaming of a trip to Paris next month. I want to see the City of Lights during autumn.

Other than getting back into the routine of working, I am trying to focus on some other things in my life. I am trying to start reviewing for the GRE. I plan to join a gym in the coming. I am hopefully that I can start working out again. The doctor gave me the clearance to start using the bike at the gym. I miss working out a lot. I want to start focusing on getting myself back to a healthy state of being in life. I am looking forward to enjoying the next month.