I made it to Madrid in one piece, but slightly delusional.
The one thing I didn’t prepare myself mentally for was the jet-lag. I had never traveled far enough for it to every have an effect on my body. Here I am, two two hour naps later, and I’m up at 3:50 AM . . . whoops!
Before jetting off I said my farewells to my parents and Rodrigo (our Chilean exchange student). We parted ways and I made it through security where I met Ryan at Terminal E5 in anticipation of our adventures to begin!
The first stretch of our flight took us from Boston to Dublin – a five and a half hour flight. Ryan and I took our seats; he was solo in the four-across row and I had two others sharing my row. Of course, I moved to join Ryan – I wasn’t going to let him enjoy his four seats all to himself. Aer Lingus blessed us with a large selection of movies, games & tv shows to choose from on our trip over . . . Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston entertained me in The Bounty Hunter. I can only say I wish Gerard had used his Scottish accent; I would’ve enjoyed the movie that much more. However, I was able to enjoy the strong Irish accents of our flight attendants and the customs agents as we passed through Dublin. I can’t wait to go back and stay for a visit!
From Dublin we jumped right onto the plane to Madrid. The two and a half hour flight seemed to drag on due to hunger pangs and lack of sleep. We touched down fairly smoothly in our new city at 10A.M. Getting through customs was easy once we were given the proper papers to fill out, and then Sahar (my flatmate) met Ryan and I to bring us back to the apartment. After walking for what felt like 5 miles to get to the metro, it was an easy ride from the airport back to the apartment. If it weren’t for Sahar meeting us, I’m not so sure I would’ve made it back into the city so easily.
Despite my lack of sleep and unplanned fasting for 16 hours I set up my room and unpacked all my clothes. Our apartment is located in “el barrio” of Salamanca- a pretty happening part of town. We are surrounded by cafes, tapas places, supermarkets, small stores and high end shopping centres, and many, many restaurants. We are on the first floor of our building and we have a beautiful view of our quiet street. One of the biggest parks in Madrid- El Parque Retiro – is one block away. It’s a busy place during the day and at night. A small man-made lake sits in the centre of the park where you can rent small boats to enjoy the water.
One thing I have yet to come to terms with is the lack of natural bodies of water in Madrid. It will be a change of scenery after growing up on the ocean my entire life. I may find myself making multiple visits to the man-made lake in hopes of fulfilling my cravings for an ocean-view.
Or I’ll just hop on a train and head to the coast . . . whichever proves to be more convenient!
Until next time, besitos de Madrid! x