One new habit has been to get used to walking barefoot around school. It was odd at first, standing in a meeting with the principal, feeling professional until I glance down and see my toes! Or watching Matt in full teacher mode, inspiring the students, exploring the universe, shuffling around in his bare feet! I guess i'm lucky as I usually love being barefoot, but here it's just a question of getting used to be being barefoot indoors and around colleagues and strangers.
I also seem to crave spicy, flavourful food much more now. The standard food here will always have this underlying warmth to it, even if you say not spicy, it'll tingly on your tongue! And I knows it's cliché to say but I am developing a pallet for spicier foods. I'm less drawn to béchamel and mozzarella, more drawn to lime and spring onions! Though that may also be because its 30degrees outside!
I'm also getting used to having my photo, and Skys photo taken at random moments. The other day we were loading the groceries in the boot of the car when I caught a lady stood 10m away filming us. Odd.
And just yesterday during my yoga class I was holding my tree pose when the instructor whipped out his phone and started taking photos of all of us.. hard to stay focus and "namaste" when you have someones Iphone clicking away! I'm still unsure how I feel about it all.. where do these photos go? What is so interesting about us loading our groceries? Why is it that laws are so different between Europe and here? How is it illegal there and almost the norm here. And can I say "no, don't take my picture"?!
On a last note I have found it really interesting to see what we consume, how long things last, what gets left behin. Because we have started with a clean slate, new house, new life, new everything we bought everything exactly 1 month ago. So it's fun to see how long shampoo lasts or a bottle of olive oil. How many kitchen rolls or jam jars to we go through in a month? How many bottles of laundry detergent. How many bottles of wine... how many tubes of toothpaste or listerine etc. I don't know how often you get to start over like this. This is the 3 time now in less then 5 years that we've gone and bought all the mundane home stuff like a mop and bucket, a toilet brush, a set of kitchen towels, cleaning products, bed sheets etc. Third time we are rethinking a minimalist but creative and conducive lifestyle. Third time we are trying to make a shell a home. It's an interesting experiment really to realise what we miss, what we need, what we have forgotten, what we are happy to have left behind.