Getting Settled

July 5th, 2012

Yesterday we took a tour of Madrid and I completely fell in love. We live about 6 blocks from Santiago BernabĂ©u, and for those who don’t know that is the stadium for the soccer team Real Madrid. It is located in the financial district which is full of shops and and upscale restaurants. The center of Madrid where most of the action takes place is called Sol and the most popular area for people my age is called La Latina and it has tons of clubs and places to get tapas which is basically bar food but extremely good. All these places are accessible from the metro which is located less than a block away from the college and the metro is really cheap.

I could see myself living here over any other country that I have visited so far. The buildings have so much character while all the street signs are made out of the Spanish tiles. The streets are lined with trees and flowers and lastly the people are very welcoming here. It is safe enough to walk by yourself and it is amazing to see the tiny shops that you will discover along the way. Not to mention, the weather is beautiful here.

I’m setting into my routine. We are provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner here at the cafeteria, but they are only offered from specific times. I have been waking up around 8am to get breakfast, then I head out to explore the city for about 2-3 hours (depending on how lost I get!) then I come back to relax, do homework, eat lunch, then I have class at 2:30. I definitely could get use to living here who knows, I might “accidentally” miss my flight home!

One Response to “Getting Settled”

  1. Joan Ursini on July 23, 2012 12:51 pm

    Hey Sweetie, did u wonder where I’ve been? My computer had a virus, I think, cuz I haven’t been able to get on line. So i ran all kinds of scans to hopefully get rid of the problem, and finally I managed to restore my computer! Took me a few days of relentless attempts, but at least I did it w out having to pay for someone to fix it for me. Only problem now is that it’s super sslllooowwww! But I’ll wait for another time to tackle that issue, I just wanted to be sure to get my comments out to you in case I lost service again. Then I’ll start messing with it again to see if I can get things up to par.

    So, u cld see yrself living in Madrid…well, I don’t think so…not if I have anything to say about that!!! I will say that you appear to fit right in though, your coloring, the black & orange flowing outfit…very Madrid! You looked so cute! I’m glad to see u r enjoying all that Madrid has to offer. What an amazing experience for someone your age, or any age! I was so amazed with just my short trip to Italy, I can’t begin to imagine all that you’ve experienced, and there’s still more to come! How fortunate my grandchildren have been with all their studies abroad. Very impressive! I wish Drewie had taken advantage of such great opportunities as well, but I guess his plan is to do it after law school. I just hope that he does cuz sometimes as good as our intentions may be we find things slip thru our fingers if u don’t take advantage of them in the here and now.

    Well i want to comment on some of the other articles you posted in the interim so I’ll sign off for now, bur be back with more comments very shortly. Love & miss u so much…PGBE

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