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today’s adventures

I haven’t really had a lot of time to fill in the blanks about my trip thus far, so I’m using this time to do a recap! 🙂

We left Atlanta on Wednesday around 7PM and arrived in Madrid around 10AM. Getting through customs was so fast! The agent didn’t even ask us any questions… that was weird since I’m used to the mini-interrogation at customs. We got our bags pretty quickly and we took a cab to Gran Vía where our hotel is. The ride over was pretty awkward and funny at the same time. We get into the cab and the driver has a 70s/80s/90s hits station playing and we heard Lionel Richi AND No Doubt on the same ride. Awesomeeee! We also passed a billboard of Dad’s favorite king.

He’s fatter in Spain apparently.

We got to the hotel and our room wasn’t ready, so we went to find a place to eat. We ate at a sidewalk cafe close by and we discovered what we call “Hooker Alley.” On this BUSY, normal street there are prostitutes everywhere!! They aren’t even subtle either. I saw them grabbing guys’ arms and trying to get them to talk to them to strike up a deal. We saw one that I was 90% sure was really a man. Good times.

I got my cell phone and went to orientation after our room was ready and then I spent the whole day in orientation on Friday. After orientation I met Dad and Peggy in the metro and we went to check out an apartment in the Prosperidad neighborhood. The apartment was really nice, but the 2 girls that live there were better. They were so sweet! They were patient with us, because I had to do a lot of translating for Dad and Peggy. I move in early next week and it’s only 15 minutes walking from one of my schools! I’m sure that I’ll buy some good walking shoes before I start doing that…

I went to the calle Serrano opening festival today and Retiro park. I did sooo much walking! Look who we found!

Was that recap good enough? 🙂

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i’m in madrid, for real! with a post about it finally…

Okay so I’ve  been in Madrid for 2 days and I still haven’t really seen much of the city because of orientation and all of that jazz. I’m really to settle in and start exploring!

I found a room for rent in a shared apartment very close to one of my schools. I went to check it out and the girls were soooo nice. I had to take it! My commute for half of the week will be about 15 minutes on foot. That’s awesome!!

I haven’t made too many friends yet, but I’m sure that I will once I settle into my aparment early/mid week.

Pictures of the apartment to come!

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16 days…

I’m leaving in 16 days and it still doesn’t feel real! I still don’t have my living situation worked out, but I really don’t think that I can get anything done until I get closer to my arrival date. There are some nice looking apartments available, but I can’t commit to anything until I see some places in person. It’s hard to know what to look for since I’ve never even been to Madrid! I’m just going to stick with areas around the school that I’ll be working in.  I’m planning on looking again a few days before I leave. It’s hard to think that I don’t have anything set up, but committing to something without knowing if it’s really as good as it looks scares me a bit more!