Hola! Estoy en España y estoy muy ilusionada por la empieza de mi viaje.
I got into Madrid around 11am yesterday and, thanks to the handy metro, made it to the hostel by 1pm that afternoon. Beds would not be ready until 3:30pm so I dropped off my luggage and wandered the city, losing myself (literally) in the sights and sounds of a new place.
Today was full of more wandering and exploration on a larger scale, this time with the company of my roommate Megan. We walked huge figure eights across the city, exploring the Plaza Mayor, Plaza de España, and the Parque de la Montaña, along with numerous side streets and small shops along the way. For lunch, we took a siesta picnic of bread and fruit to the Parque del Retiro.
Pictures will be posted sometime soon, probably not until Sept 2nd-ish, but tomorrow I leave for Granada. There are still a lot of things here in Madrid that I want to see and do, but I know I´ll be back so it´s only a temporary goodbye to this beautiful city. I haven´t had enough time here but for now, hasta luego Madrid! Granada, I will see you soon.
We have arrived at the final countdown to my departure. The next few days will be the last I spend in the US this year as I leave for Spain and Morocco in less than a week. The continuous cycle of hurry up and wait, so pervasive in any travel experience, has already begun to make itself felt.
My bags are (mostly) packed, plane tickets and reservations are in order, and I’m looking forward to exploring Madrid before meeting my study abroad group in Granada, Spain for orientation. All that’s left is to finish my engagements this week (which somehow seem to have become both extremely busy and full of time with nothing to do) and double-check (aka. finish or perhaps re-do) my packing job.
- Clothes? – check
- Toilet paper? – check
- Diarrhea-preventing medicine (and antibiotics)? – check
- [Fake] Wedding Band? – check
- Scarves? – check
Yep, I think I’m ready.
Since my farewell dinner party took place last Saturday, my imminent departure suddenly feels much closer and much more real. However, there is not really anything left to do to prepare. So, here I am, starting the final countdown. There are now 6 days left until I leave, 7 until I arrive in Spain and the great adventure begins. Europe and Africa here I come!