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So people have been swarming me with specific questions, wanting more details and visuals of my experience in Spain. I have decided to make a weekly post composed of my recent life and learnings. I hope you enjoy and continue to meet me here in The Grai Area.
The highlight of my week was going to see Flamenco. It is a style of dance that uses little to no music, simply hand claps and foot stumps. It was exhilarating! I guess I could compare it to tap dancing but with the vivacity of Beyonce mixed with the exuberance of the Energizer Bunny. Check out the video above.
Calle Gaztambide is the street that I live on. I have 2 immediate housemates in a 4 bedroom 1 bathroom flat. We are connected to a 5 bedroom 2 bathroom flat that houses some of our males. Directly below us is a similar apartment with more of my crazy cool program-mates. We all have kitchens and washing machines but no dryers (so we hang our clothes to dry). Oh yea…. and NO A/C. (I have not gotten over that yet)
Coffee is extremely popular. It is common for all the employees in an office to go to a Cafe and take a random coffee break. Although the delicious flavors offered by Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are frequently found, the natives seem to enjoy their coffee in short, stout cups with minimum cream and no sugar.
This is a standard European light switch on the izquierda (left in Spanish). Notice the difference in size and shape compared to a standard switch in America on the derecha (right in Spanish).
This a standard European and American toilet. In Spain the flush is on top versus being on the side.
This is a common dish here called a Tortilla or “Spanish Omelet” in English. As you can see it is not like the Tortillas we eat in America. It is made of cooked eggs and potatoes. Tortilla literally means “Little Cake” so in Spain it is layers of potato slices then egg like cake layers.
On every corner and in every restaurant you can find someone drinking a Coke. They drink it all day in all settings.
This is my favorite brand of water here.
I don’t drink tap (ok I may be a tad bit boujie) so a good chunk of my coins go to bottled water.
If you do not learn anything else about Madrid from my blog, please understand that IT IS HOT. Not like a normal hot. Like a “Lets all just bath in Ice” type of hot, so ice cream is served at most restaurant, corner stores, markets- basically every couple of steps you can find ice cream, frozen yogurt or gelato.
Madrid isn’t just heating up because of the sun. The natives here seem to let off a lot of steam wherever they go. There are people making out in streets, in the stores, in the club. People here see no problem with publicly exchanging mountains of saliva.
This an Empanada. It is a baked or fried pasty stuffed with a variety of meats, cheeses, and vegetables. It can be found in hispanic restaurants in the U.S. so you should definetly try it.
I know that was a lot to take in all at once but hopefully this allowed you to live this experience along with me.