HAHAHAHAHAH is literally the best way to describe my emotions and just me as a person the past few days. Guys, I am a mess in Madrid! A calm collected mess....but still a mess! I figured coming here would give me some cultural shocks here and there, but I was not ready for this. I'm talking little things from learning how to turn on the lights in my room, and trying to shower without flooding the floor because the water pressure is so strong. Then there is the obvious language barrier. Why do I insist on saying thank you to someone when I know the word is Gracias? I'm trying though, it's a work in progress. I've even had to pull out my Spanish class archives from high school. Let me tell you.. they are getting me through it. By the end of this month, I'm gonna be fluent...or half way there lol. Apart from the language barrier, is my constant battle with the Metro!! In the past two days, I've either gotten off at the wrong stop or have gone the complete opposite way!!! Honestly, thank god for nice people that are willing to help out. You don't even have to say that you need help when they can just read the blank look on your face. I'm telling you, it's all in the power of human connection, I swear. However, despite these antics, Madrid has been amazing so far! I'm glad I'm not left to go through these moments alone, seeing as I've found people that understand my confusion as well.
Your girl has learned the metro system, and her commute to work!!! I am a whole pro, but don't ask me anything outside of Goya, or Sol (so pretty much anything less than a half an hour distance). Not only am I metro "pro", I've also learned that I have been kept away from the greatest creation "known to man".I'm talking about 100 Montaditos ladies and gentleman. Was anyone ever planning to tell me that I could get finger-sized sandwiches for a dollar, plus other stuff? This discovery has been me and my wallets best friend this whole week. Also to make it better, they are literally everywhere! However, the best thing by far was the trip to Toledo. I got to Zip-line for the first time, and it was honestly amazing! Fast, but amazing and I would do it again! Definitely, the best way to wrap up this week.
Despite the HORRENDOUS amount of walking and the lack of sleep I get, I love Madrid. This city is beautiful, and within a week has taught me so much. Every day is a completely new adventure, and I can't wait to embark on more. Stay tuned, and watch how I continue to navigate through Madrid aimlessly.