Dia Tres

23 Sep

Today has been my favorite day so far, I think I’m starting to get comfortable with the city.

I slept in again, which I blame on still being jet-lagged. Afterward, I ran a few errands around my neighborhood and grabbed lunch, where I had yet another version of a vegetable sandwich. In my three days in Madrid I have eaten three vegetable sandwiches. One every day, each on a different type of bread with slightly different ingredients and all for around 3 Euro each. I’ve learned from eating these sandwiches that the mayonnaise over here is AWESOME! I, like most people I know, don’t really like mayonnaise, but over here it isn’t so thick and has so much more flavor. The coffee also has more flavor, making it also better than the American version.

I had a very unsuccessful conversation with a stranger while I was having lunch. An old man, who may or may not have been drinking for awhile, attempted to ask me where I was from then tell me that I was pretty. I should have been able to understand both of those things but he managed to not use any of the vocabulary I have learned in all my years of taking Spanish. He also seemed to get a kick out of the fact that I am not from Santo Domingo nor am I Cuban. On the upside, at least he said I was pretty, ha ha.

After lunch I went to orientation where I continued to fail at the Spanish language. Half of orientation was in Spanish, and hopefully that half didn’t have important information because I hardly understood a word. (Why can’t people speak just a little slower?!) I’m not too confident that I will ever have the ability to completely master any foreign language at this point. Then again, it’s only the third day. Despite the language barrier and the fact that I was 20 minutes late (Surprised? The building really was hard to find, though) orientation was fun and the people in my program are great…and already basically fluent in Spanish.

Wish me luck!


My orientation building...Did I mention that I was already 15 minutes late by the time I was actually trying to find it?


One Response to “Dia Tres”

  1. Vanessa Staton September 24, 2010 at 1:37 am #

    it is so much fun hearing about your days and experiences. It all sounds amazing. and you will get the language with enough time and practice. do you like where you live and the people you live with? We will schedule a skype time soon. love mom

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