The end of the beginning

It all started with a harmless thought on a cold Ithaca night: “Wouldn’t it be fun to go cook in Spain for a year?”

That thought led me to a Google search, and that Google search led me to the ICEX website– a site run by the Exterior Cultural Ministry of Spain.

A few more clicks and I was looking at an application that would change everything about my world: School would go on hold for a year; friends, family, mentors, and supportors would be a world away; and a whirlwind journey through a modern culinary mecca began to take shape.

Flash forward just a few short months later to an empty apartment, a box-filled storage space, a jet-lagged American with too much luggage bound for Madrid, and a celebratory meal of cafe con leche and churros in an airport cafe.

How did I get here? Where is this journey leading? Right now I have more questions than answers, but one thing is obvious: This is the end of the beginning, the start of a new and exciting chapter.

I only hope lots of pork products will be involved…


5 Responses to “The end of the beginning”

  1. Agnes Tagliavento Says:

    Hello Jeff, WOW!!! That is fantastic!! I wish you a great time and much success! I’ll be sure to continue reading your blog and to read about all of your adventures. It sounds extremely exciting! All the best, Jeff. You deserve it all. Agnes

  2. Brooks Tanner Says:

    Kick some ass buddy. Im so excited for you! What a great adventure!

  3. Jeff: I am very proud of you. The members at the San Mateo Club wish you the best. Keep having fun. Love and miss you, DAD.

  4. Jeffrey,

    are there any girls on this great adventure of yours? If so, I am very worried for them… Have fun!!


  5. i think, in your case, jeffrey, that pork will most definitely find its way into most situations. hope is not a question here.

    buona fortuna!


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