Where in the World: Menorca
Most nights I walk from the residence down to the platform. I remove my shoes, drop my purse, and sit at the edge-- listing to the waves role into the rocks, causing them to gurgle under the ledge I sit on.
This is different than the day of course. I wake at 6:20 a.m. serching for clean clothes, and brush my teeth, and have a less than filling breakfast. I walk with members of my field school down to the bus stop, and pile onto a bus and embark on the 40 minute drive to our site.
Everyday I do the same thing. I dig this grave out. Taking it from top soil all the way to the bottom of the grave. At its deepest point it is 67 cm, or 26 inches, getting closer to a meter deep. While I remove the dirt I must take it to a screen and check for fragments in the soil. Everyday I turn up empty handed. Until yesterday. There is a bone at the bottom of the grave.
I have dug all of that. Only yesterday did I get help, and by then I was more than 40 cm down in the grave. This field school is quite different than my last one. At caherconnell We had really good food and access to a kitchen. Here, the food at lunch isn't great, and dinner is at 3 p.m. I wish I would have known that to budget for actual dinner. At least the tapas is awesome.
I've got a few more days here, so I'll have to try all the food I want before I'm gone. Who knows when I'll be in Spain again. To be honest, I like the people I'm here with, I like parts of the field school but I am not having a good time. Putting your mental health on a backburner can be detrimental. I had a rough semester this spring, and I'm not sure I should have come here. But I'm here now, so I need to make the most of it and not get burnt out.
It has been five years since I hit my head, but I still feel the after effects off it in my daily life. Sometimes things can get too hectic, my brain says I need to step back and take a break. Depression isn't fun, especially in a different country. I like to end my nights at a peaceful spot and just take a moment to breath, and remind myself everything is all right.