For the past few weeks leading up to my trip, I have pretty much been exclusively dreaming in Spanish. While this has been nice for the most part, it is kind of difficult to get the words from your head to the outside of your mouth. For example, words in Spanish that I have NEVER spoken or heard of consciously in my entire “career” as a Spanish student are featured prominently in my dreams. However, today – the day I arrived in Madrid – my dreams literally became my reality. I was sitting in my hotel room and all of a sudden…ESPUMA OMG THAT MEANS FOAM!!! I loudly vocalized my “vocabulatastic” epiphany to my friend Heather (who is in the same program as me) and she was like “yeah, whatever”. But it was a pretty big deal for me.
Moving on from the mundane to the magnificent – today I arrived in Madrid! I have been dreaming about this moment since sixth grade (all of my middle school and high school teachers can attest to this). Even though I was tremendously excited, I still slept the whole flight (as always). Upon arrival, after feeling confident about only speaking in Spanish (successfully) so far, Heather and I got picked up by a van and were taken to our hotel. It was so nice to relax, take a nap, take a bath and relish in the fact that I will be living in Madrid for the next four months. What a way to start the new year!
At around 4pm, our stomachs were grumbling and we went on the greatest journey of our trip so far – the quest for comida. After walking for a bit, and seeing that all of the stores were closed because of The Epiphany holiday, we found a nice place for merienda called Lateral. Cheap tapas and amazing tinto de verano left Heather and I very happy. We went back to the hotel and hung out and noshed on some snacks we brought since we are still getting adjusted to the Spanish eating schedule. Finally, to end the day, we went on a lovely paseo (leisurely walk) and brainstormed the fun activities we are planning on doing tomorrow (which I will be sure to post about).
Overall, today was a fun introduction to Madrid. The people are EXTREMELY friendly and using Spanish is extremely worthwhile. If they correct you, which happened to us, even better. The temporary burning embarrassment will brand the word you forgot in your head forever. Seriously.
Don’t forget to check out the “Tips and Tricks” for this post and ¡buenas noches!
Vocab word of the day (besides “espuma”): cuenta (the bill at a restaurant)