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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid September 28th 2007

I finally have my own bank account here in Madrid with Caja Madrid, one of the major banks here in Madrid. I just got a new debit card today, so I'll be able to use it around Europe. The process was pretty easy, but I had to pay a 27 euro fee because I'm not a citizen here in Spain. They had to declare me as a temporary resident, not a permanent resident. When you come and stay in a new country, these are the kinds of things you just have to deal with and accept :-) Tonight a bunch of my friends and I will be having dinner, and Ali is fixing some Guatemalan food for everyone, and we'll all have a good time. Did I mention I am going to Morocco the week after ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid September 27th 2007

The Reina Sofia was a lot different than the Prado, for sure. Totally all modern art. I actually enjoyed the Prado more. There were some cool pieces at the Reina though. The Tropical guest exhibit was pretty trippy. I did like all the trippy Dali´s and Picassos though. And yes, the Guernica, is pretty fascinating. From there, I actually wanted to just chill today. I was moving so fast the past few days in Madrid it was time for some more down time. I went shopping and bought a sweater, yay. From there, I was pretty tired so I took my siesta and ended up going up to the Sun Deck at the hostel and rekindling my relationship with my boy, Santiago from The Alchemist. I was definitely engrossed. While on the Sun Deck, I met ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid September 27th 2007

Hola everybody! It’s a bit crazy that September is almost over. My last weeks since my first e-mail have been wonderful. I’ve been meeting many people my age which has been great, but most of them are heading back to college this past weekend. My Co-op at Agenda is going great. I think I expand my vocabulary a lot there… So far I’ve just been learning about how they advertise and why, prices of how much it costs to put an advertisement in any of the newspapers or magazines. Did you know that it costs around 250,000 euros For a 1 page spread in VOGE?? (I think, I can’t quite remember it’s either that or more.) Agenda doesn’t advertise in there, but for the national news paper, it costs somewhere around 30,000 euros. I’ve also been ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid September 27th 2007

6 Minutes to write this from Internet ´room´in Madrid... Having a lot of fun at my training in Madrid. The training in Madrid is boring & the information they´re giving us in nothing more than common sense suggestions on how to teach Spanish. However, they´re paying for our hotel. I have met many international people this week in Madrid. They´re are people from all over doing this program in Spain. I´ve been learning a lot of ´British English´& my friend Emma, whom I´ll be teaching with, claims to occasionally bust out in cockney rhymes...Yikes...I am now proficiently using such vocabulary as ´bloques, cheeky, wanker, etc.´ On Tuesday I sat in on one of my classes I´ll be teaching. A student already got kicked out for misbehaving. Hmm...should be an interesting year. I´m thinking about moving because ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid September 26th 2007

Today I was able to enter the great cathedral next to my house. Here's a link to a picture I took of the cathedral itself. Later I'll try and upload pictures of the inside. http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/2332/img2154as0.th.jpg It was amazing. I went with my Polish roommate, and although she thought it was impressive, I could tell she didn't find it as amazing as I did since she's lived in Europe her entire life and has always been surrounded by such great structures. We walked around the inside and I was in awe the entire time at how big and beautiful everything was. When you are here in Europe, you really get an appreciation for history, unlike in the USA. I love walking down the street and knowing that people have been living here for over 2000 years. It's ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid September 26th 2007

I’m in Madrid with my host family but I’ll get to that later. Time to play catch-up. I didn’t get to see much of Valencia. There was a really modern part of town that was created for the 1992 World Fair. It’s a must see! The buildings were so futuristic and it was an entire area of town so it worked out really well. We walked around that area for a bit before departing on a paella experience. Paella was invented in Valencia so it’s necessary to eat paella there regardless how little time you have in the city. Before we ate our paella we went out on a boat tour through the rice patties in Valencia. It was very cool. We spent a couple days in Barcelona but like Valencia, I didn’t feel like we ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid September 26th 2007

I must say, I´m enjoying Madrid thoroughly. Yesterday I walked over to the Prado museum nice and early. Love the Audioguides. I listened to almost all of the pieces they had recorded. I loved it. Felt sooo cultured viewing all the paintings and sculptures. Lots of Flemish, Spanish, Gothic art. I enjoyed a lot of the Adam and Eve paintings. So many different ways of expressing them and their plight. Highlight for sure was Bosch´s Garden of Earthly delights. You can definitely stare at it for hours. I took my time at this museum and spent a good few hours there. I walked to the Reina Sofia, another museum, but it was actually closed on Tuesdays. Boo. From there, I was going to take the Metro across town to the Palacio Real (Royal Palace), then noticed ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid September 25th 2007

There is a bar in my hostel! Lovely. Pool tables and a sun deck. I´m actually just happy there is a bathroom in my room with a blow dryer. Haven´t seen one of those in awhile...hahaha. BTW, I still have a little bit of a cough but my runny nose and fever are definitely gone. I´m still drinking Airborne and popping those Vitamin C lozenges. I will overcome!!! Kerri and I walked over to Puerta Del Sol last night and took some cool nighttime pictures. We traversed around and then ate some "tortillas", which were actually omelettes at Zahara Cerveceria and Cafe off Gran Via. Nice to people watch again. The sangria tastes better here than in Barcelona. We then walked through Plaza Mayor. I liked that it was very chill at night. People just hanging ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid September 25th 2007

Thank you all so much for your comments. We feel loved and encouraged to keep writing :) Pippa´s sister showed some disdain towards her via email after seeing the pictures from Paris..I guess while your slaving away on your PhD and your sister is sauntering around Europe it can be pretty annoying..unfortunately, our pictures from Madrid will do little to make Alix feel better. (sorry Al .. I love you!) We got off on less than a promising start on our trek to Madrid after our flight was cancelled and we ended up having to take a train..which took 16 hours and unexpectedly used up 2 of our 10 Eurail passes. But once we finally walked into Los Amigos Hostel (24 hours after we were supposed to) all of our travel woes dissipated. WE LOVE OUR ... read more
Beautiful lake & monument in Retiro Parque
Pippa & Palacio Cristal
Pipaya underneath a waterfall (its there we swear)

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid September 25th 2007

On Tuesday afternoon I arrived in Madrid Barajas airport. I eventually found the metro which was about 300 metres away but felt like 3 miles with the 15kg on my shoulder and the 21kg dragging wearily behind me. Once i had made my way to the Hostel Inernacional de Posada, I found it clean and secure, with clever little magnetic watches for keys into your room and a locker. As i was in a female only dorm i thought it safe to make friends with the others. One f them was a very nice (and ye you guessed it) australian girl from London, on a backpacking trip around spain. Anyway, as neither of us cared to eat alone, we went out and enjoyed a really nice tapas dinner courtesy of las fatigas del querrer, a bar ... read more




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