The Spanish at 2 a.m.
06.09.2005 27 °C
It´s almost been a week since I´ve been here in Madrid and I never expected my first days in Spain to be that great. I have not only met tons of lovely people mainly through my tutor Eva at the arts history department, but also experienced real Madrid nightlife on Saturday. Initially, we only met for “one” and then partied until 6 a.m. in the morning. The amount of cool bars (where you can even sit otside), pubs and clubs in this city is stunning. I always thought Berlin was great for nightlife, but Madrid seems to have even more going on. What I still have to get used to is that the Spanish have all their meals way later than we in Germany. Lunch is usually not before 2.30 p.m. and dinner is around 10 p.m. I can approve the siesta from 2 to 5 in the afternoon though
Sunday I took some time to walk around and get to know the city better. I remembered places I´ve visited last year (had a déja-vu here and there) and it was fantastic to stroll around the different suburbs in the sunshine, knowing that I´m no more a tourist, but actually a citizen of Madrid.
Sunday was also special in the way that I have found my future shared flat and had dinner with my new flatmates. From the minute I entered the door and met Nuria (a girl from Barcelona) and Patxi (a guy from the Basque country) I felt at home and I was totally happy when they told me I could move in. After having seen quite a couple of terrible places not to mention people who where renting out I was so delighted I encountered them. From the 20th of this month I will be living in an orange coloured room 10 walking minutes away from the Prado and 15 minutes to the city centre. How cool is that?!?
Nuria and Patxi also took me to an Open Air concert of different Spanish bands last night. It took place a bit outside of the city on a soccer field and I was truly surprised by the large amount of people out and about at 2 a.m. on a Monday night. Not to mention the noise, but the neighbours didn´t seem to be bothered either. The concert was great and I got to experience some Spanish Rock. Living la vida loca!
In the coming days I have to sort out what courses to take at uni. Uni here is a bit chaotic, but fun. Students can buy and drink beer in the cafeteria and everything is more laid back than at home. I mean where else can you go for a beer between two classes?
Tomorrow I will have a Spanish language exam to evaluate my level of fluency and I will also hopefully meet up with Ev and Yolanda from TP this week. Looking forward to that,too!