My friends and family always laugh and make fun of me because I have a tendency to be “messy” they say. Throughout this week, I have come to the conclusion that maybe all along everyone has been right, that I do indeed lead a messy lifestyle. It’s just who I am.
Somehow, I have managed to lose my phone, drop my earring down the sink, buy a graph paper notebook (because apparently that’s what they use here?), get sick, book a flight for the wrong day, and miss the bus to school- all in the first week of classes! Can you believe it? I’m sure you can.
Lessons learned: I cannot have nice things, I need a babysitter at all times, this is just who I am.
In the midst of the all the madness that I created for myself, I accomplished a lot of exciting things and familiarized myself with the city that I am calling home.
- rode the metro by myself (mom, dad, and grandparents- it’s safe! I promise)
- made it to class on time and understood more than I was expecting too
- went topless at my university’s pool — I’m just trying to do as the locals do!
- grocery shopped and cleaned my clothes using a European laundry machine that is both a washer and dryer in one…
- found my phone and got a Spanish phone number 🙂 hmu
- went to el Rastro: a famous, local market in Madrid
- visited the Royal Palace
- dined at a rave and had an amazing meal that consisted of potatoes, bell peppers, jamón, and eggs – classic Spain
Even though so many things went wrong in this short amount of time, I still managed to have a blast and make the most of every day. Something I want to continue working on throughout this semester is not harping on the bad, but rather turning the bad into something good!