I’ve been completely and utterly in awe since the moment I hopped off of my 12 hour flight and stepped foot on to Spanish soil. The question “So what’s it like in Spain,” is one that seems to be playing on repeat with my answer following suit.
“IT IS MUY CALIENTE!”
Being raised in Florida, I am no stranger to the sun but the heat in Madrid is equivalent to climbing inside of my oven on Thanksgiving Day along side the turkey. Once I began to get over my fear of walking outside and melting, I took out my map of the city and let the exploration begin. This is my first time out of the U.S. and everything here is different to say the least- some things for the good and some for the bad. The beautiful and original architecture of this area is definitely a great asset to Madrid, but on the negative side, these older buildings do not usually offer air conditioning. Can you imagine it being over 100 degrees outside then walking into your house to dwell in even more heat. Through the good and the bad this experience will be overflowing with adventure.
My life here is truly a box of chocolate covered trial and error, with my spanish speaking abilities being the most of my errors. The culture, the dialect, even the toilets flush differently in Madrid and I find it to be very eye-opening. Everyday I wake up excited- eager to embrace which ever piece of chocolate I consume for that day. Although I never know if today will be caramel filled or mixed with pecans, “My momma always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’ “