Madrid: Week 4
28.01.2006 - 02.02.2007 15 °C
Another week has gone by and the calendar seems to be getting smaller. We are still trying to plan a few more trips. We have a friend in Edinburgh and are hoping to visit there for a few days. Lisbon, Portugal was our plan for Easter but I think 450 € is a little steep for La Semana Santa. I think the train is more than the airfare. I have decided I need to learn French, Italian, and Portugese. These Europeans are ahead of the game; I haven´t met one yet that doesn´t know at least 3 languages. This week was fun and a few friends and I found a place that pays 12 € an hour for babysitting/tutoring so I am just waiting for a call now for my days and hours. My roommate gets to watch two little Spanish boys, 2 and 4. How cute! It will be a nice way to earn a little extra spending money. My metro pass still hasn´t come and it has been 2 weeks. I hate buying these 10 passes. By the time I get my abono, it will be nice enough to walk everywhere. Oh well. Ashlie and I are going to try and walk to school one of these days. I had to tape my map up because it was so torn from all the use it gets walking around the city. Last weekend my roommates, Ashlie and Whitney, and I went out to Chueca with Whitney´s boyfriend, Guillermo, and her visiting cousin, Nicole. We had a blast and met the funniest Spanish guys who kept asking us if we liked "Saved by the Bell" and "90210." It was hilarious. I went home at 6:30 am when the metro opened back up because I was beat, but they stayed out another 3 hours. Whitney´s purse got stolen which was such a bummer because it had her keys, phone, and credit cards. You have to be so careful here. We have explored more of Madrid and usually take a walk every night after dinner. It has been fun having Nicole here because she is from Colorado and lives in Indiana. I always hear about Indiana from my two roommates back home and now I live with another one (Whitney) and now her cousin. I think of all the people I have met here from the states, the most popular states are Colorado and Indiana. Who would have thought that? We went out again on Wednesday night around La Latina and found a cute little place with funky furniture. We met this Spaniard named Javier who looked excatly like John Cusack. Ashlie and I took a cab home but Whitney and Nicole stayed out. Come to find out the next morning, they were held up and Nicole´s pruse was taken. I am so glad we decided to go home. Not only did Nicole lose here camera, but credit cards and her I.D. I am glad that mom bought me my pepper spray. I guess you just have to gauge where you are and be careful. Don´t worry though, I never take a purse with me. On a lighter note, we are off to the Reina Sofia museum today and the Museo del Prado on Sunday. The Super Bowl is on at 1:00 am here on Monday morning, so we´ll see if I catch any of that! Until next time.