Yesterday, we resumed class. This is our last week of class like this–we have an exam on Friday to put us into our new language levels, and I have to say I am ready for the next etapa of this trip. I can’t wait to get out into the other groups and mix and mingle. I was thinking today as almost our whole group was wandering around a neat part of Madrid how blessed I am to be in such a neat group of people who are relaxed, interesting, and want to do stuff together.
But sometimes in my eagerness to get to know Madrid, madrileños, and experience new things I don’t feel as grateful for my group as I should. Instead, I feel claustrophobic and constrained, which I’m trying to work on/figure out. I have to just keep reminding myself 1)This is the second week. 2) I have been here for 8 days. 3)It took me a long time to feel like I had found my niche and fit in Ecuador.
And these experiences will be different! I am trying to find a good balance of time with my Furman buddies while also wanting to make Spanish friends. Any advice from anyone on how to get some good local friends in the short time I’m here?
Yesterday was a great day, and indicative of how days have been here thus far. What is a typical day? Wake up at 7, out of the house by 7:45. Walk to the metro, and then from the metro, walk to class. We have class from 8:30 until 1, when my roommate and I take the half hour+ walk home instead of going on the metro. Lunch at 2:30 or 3. A siesta.
After reading this post the day before by Paulo Coehlo and craving his writing in my life, I found one by him in Spanish. I bought it immediately.
We found the verticle gardens, and then a cool museum. I felt as though I was walking into my secret lair when we approached the door to this semi-underground structure and the glass panels slid open to reveal a metallic, stone-like stairs leading en dentro.
Afterwards, café at a very American style café. I want to go back and become best friends with the baristas, mostly because they were adorable and I am craving more Spanish in my life!
Home, homework. Dinner. We finish dinner at 10:30 usually (still not adjusted to this Spanish schedule! Spain, WHAT ARE YOU DOING. EAT AT NORMAL PEOPLE HOURS), and then get ready for bed. In bed by 11:15, reading for awhile, hopefully asleep by midnight. Our food has improved tremendously over the past few days, and we’ve been enjoying most of our meals on our terraza. I like to do my homework out here as well, and read and write. I’m actually sitting on the terraza as I type, watching the sunset. This is the view from our twelfth floor apartment’s terraza:
Small personal update: I’ve started working on my novel again, and I feel like I am arreglar*-ing my insides and they are happy because of it.
arreglar: to fix, to repair, to let out, to settle, to organize, to tidy up, to sort out, to improve.
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