Published: December 1st 2010September 6th 2010
Me getting to Madrid was a mess! Went to the wrong airport in Milan. Went to bergamo instead of malpensa because I had been looking at flights from bergamo because my Magi & Giulia told me to look there for flights. However, I ended up buying a flight from malpensa because it was cheaper. But anyways Magi and Giulia just told me that day, oh your flight is from bergamo we will drop you at the main train station and then you take the bus to BERGAMO. And I listened... I had even checked my flight time before we left but didn't check the airport. So I took the bus to Bergamo and when I got there it didn't feel quite right and I checked for my flight and couldn't find it...finally realized that easyjet did not fly from that airport...at all!
I had no access to internet so I had to have mom buy me another flight, through text messages, to Madrid the next day in the afternoon from malpensa. Sat at the airport for like three or four hours while all this was going down and mom was looking for an airport hotel... Finally went to a hotel,
it was nice but super creepy. The lighting was super dim and most of the lights were motion censored. It took them a while to find my reservation. Then I went to check out pool and spa and workout areas but again... Dim and really creepy so I thought I'd do it in the morning. ESPECIALLY since hotel was kinda empty cause it was a Sunday night. And then went back up to room to find food, got a salad from room service.
Woke up early in the morning to workout... But it was all closed!!! Apparently they are only open in the evening. Dumbest freaking hotel everrrrr. Had a nice waterfall shower though!
Then went to Bergamo to catch the bus to malpensa but the next bus was in 1.5 hours so I momentarily freaked out...then took bus to center and then another bus to malpensa and got my flight ok. But it's sooo annoying all the food places in all the airports literally sold the exact same things. Probably for the same prices. Like what is the point of that??
Got into Madrid. Slept on flight and then saw landscape coming into Madrid which was cool! Blocks of red and brown and beige and some green forests. There were lots of plateaus and these were mostly green. Had no word from Ivan if he was going to pick me up or not... I was prepared for him to not be there. But he was with Lauren. Took us back to apt. And I napped. Chose my room that had two beds that fold back into the wall. My room is in the back. We are on the fourth floor, which in Europe, really means the fifth floor... No elevator! Then went to my first practice. The time before practic was tooootal confusion!! It was hilarious. We had no idea what was going on and no one spoke English super well. Didn't bring running shoes (since no one told us that we would be running) so we got the team out of running! Hah. It was a shock to me though how easy practice was. The second day too! Just easy running, easy swimming, some dryland stuff. The dryland is the hardest to be honest... But it's not even that hard. And then we actully do a lot of stretching! WOW what a concept. So easing into training and doing a lot of stretching has been a shock to me.
Lauren the girl from Irvine is suuuper nice. She's been showing me around and telling me everything which has been very helpful! But at the same time my favorite thing about new cities is being able to discover and figure them out on my own. And she even told me this, but I also realize it now... She is super dependent. Hahah. But overall she seems pretty cool.
The other girls on the team seem nice but shy... Dont speak much english but also they are very young. Its crazy though our team isn't even SET yet. We are still trying to get some girls to come play with the team. It's so weird somehow I just sweitched my keyboard to French without going into settings... Weird. But Quique also seems very nice, he talks a lot about team cohesion and the team getting along and whatnot...if there is something wrong he wants to know about it.
But so on my second full day in Madrid I still haven't seen anything, just been sleeping eating working out and using the Internet. I will go in tomorrow I think to the center! Okay time for a quick nap before practice at 8 pm!!!!