Well….I would have to say the adventure still continues in Madrid! I finally feel like I live in a different country and that I’m not just on vaca. Xicu has now started school so I have set my mind to learning, living, breathing and most importantly, attempting to speak Spanish. I would be lying if I said it has been easy, I’m definitely living outside of my comfort zone. But I am very determined and remain positive!! Each day is an adventure, whether it be good or bad I always learn something new.
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only one page.”-St. Augustine
You’ll have to excuse me because I’m feeling a little scatter brained, (must be all the Spanish, ha) but here are some things that I’ve learned and some happenings from the week:
-I learned how to navigate the bus! Whew-hew go me! This may seem like a very minor task, but try it in a different country. It might be a little more complicated when the bus driver doesn’t understand you. Haha…He said please speak a little slower. (Despacio, por favor)
-I learned that when you have bed head or hair sticking up its called a quiqui. Haha how funny is that?!
-Here in Spain the word “vale” is used ALL THE TIME! Vale simply means okay, but sometimes they use it in a conversation more than once to emphasize that they understand. (Vale, Vale, Vale) This has become my go-to word…even if I don’t know what someone has said. People use it more than sí.
-I now know that when the front of the bus displays: “sin servicio” it does not mean that there is no bathroom on the bus. Ooops. It means that the bus is not currently running a route.
-I experienced my first bull run! I literally had to hold Xicu back from running with them. Go figure! Here’s a link to a video I recorded: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHlWZAKBcYE&feature=youtube_gdata_player
I’ll leave you guys with a little quote from an article my spanish teacher gave me. The article is titled “vivir fuera” (To live outside):
“Todo el mundo necesita verse desde fuera para saber quién es”
Here’s a link to the article if you want to attempt to read some spanish. I would have to say it’s a pretty great article.