Hello from the other side....
One Month Later...Those words are still so crazy to me. It's still pretty hard to believe that it has been one month since I packed my belongings into one luggage and one carry on and moved my life across the world. I am still very much in the honeymoon phase of study abroad and I must say in terms of anniversaries and one month marks, nothing beats the feeling that this “One Monthaversary” gives me. Sorry boys.
The last month has definitely been a rollercoaster. Suitcases have been unpacked, papers have been turned in, weekend trips to beautiful places and even booking future travels have been done, and many many more things that would take too long to list. So here are some answers to any FAQs that may boggle your mind in regards to my first month abroad.
A dozen macarons for 6 euros (left) and dinner I made for friends (right)
Settling down after the long journey to Madrid was definitely a great experience. I decided to live in an apartment (I'll do a room tour soon!) so it was pretty exciting to move in and unpack. I have always dreamed of living in an apartment in New York City so Madrid (with all its similarities to New York) definitely gives me a good taste of city life. Public transportation here is amazing. For 20 euros a month, my metro card is unlimited and can take me anywhere I want in Madrid and its surrounding areas. No more stalking students for parking spots. My university is just 6 stops away from my apartment so the morning commute to class only takes about 20 minutes.
Celebrating Jinny's bday at a cute bar (left) and cafe de mentha con crossaint (right)
Travels with friends
Hipster cafes and morning commutes to Uni
Found an underground Chinese restaurant AND a boba place!
Ahhhh, nightlife. Mom and dad you can skip over this one. But I can't write a post about my first month in Madrid without including the nightlife or even just the social scene here in general. If there is anything that Madrideleños love more than their siesta, it is to disfruta which basically means to have fun. In fact they siesta all afternoon so they can disfruta all night and by all night I literally mean all night. The Nightlife here is almost comparable to Las Vegas (from what I've heard of course). The clubs don't peak till about 3 am and most of the time everyone dances until 6 am (which is when the metro opens). Coming from a city like Las Vegas, I was definitely pumped to get to experience "Nightlife" here for the first time. It is a lot of fun and the atmosphere is very different (Spanish club music can get anyone to dance) but it definitely gets exhausting after a couple nights. You know you're not used to this way of life when you fall asleep at the club at 3 am waiting for the metro to open. Sorry Madrid, I can't hang.
Night out with some locals
Hasta la próxima vez,