If you read the About section of Ecobellus then you know that I went backpacking in Europe right after graduating from college. The trip was unexpected but necessary. You see, I had somehow turned into a huge control freak the last couple of years I was in college and managed to lose sight of the important things in life. I was having panic attacks because things would not go according to my
plans. I was overwhelmed by the thought of not having a plan that would make me enough money to get out of Miami ASAP. I also didn't have the healthiest habits and was kind of reckless. So, in order to get over these crazy anxiety episodes I decided to go to Europe for a month with only a backpack and my only plan being "Come back alive." Some people call that insane but I call it awesome.
Additonally, I had been trying for two years to get into a better spiritual place only to be met with more obstacles than I already had. You would think this would have been easy considering I went to one of the most Catholic liberal arts universities in the country, but alas that kind of stuff has to be achieved by the individual. It was a painful process and more often than not I just wanted to throw my hands up in the air and give up. Anyway, I had this room mate in college who became a nun in Spain. One day while I was stressing out over my thesis or something one of the nuns at school suggested that I go see her .
And so while I was on my way to Rome (which is a whole other story) I stopped by the North of Spain to visit Sister Kelai. In the short time that I was there I managed to grow as a person spiritually and learn how to live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
Below you will find a brief photo journal of my simple living adventure in Spain. Please keep in mind that I was born and raised in a city so waking up to a cow in the backyard, helping build a house, growing my own food, and building a chicken coop was definitely not in my resume. Additionally, I was taking missionary style showers so as not to waste water and reusing anything I could. It was like a green living crash course in the beautiful Spanish country side.