Esta Noche

24 Sep

Today was my second and final day of orientation. I learned a lot about different teaching methods and the expectations of our bilingual program. It was an informative and long session. Afterward, I ran around town with a couple of my new friends. We decided to meet some friends of a friend and have a glass of wine, and on the way we walked up Calle de la Montera, a wide, cobble-stone pedestrian street that leads to Puerta Del Sol. If you’ve been abroad and read Rick Steve’s Spain travel book, you know that Calle de la Montera serves as prime pick-up area for prostitutes and that prostitution is legal in Madrid. On my first visit to Puerta Del Sol (at four in the afternoon, btw), I only saw two prostitutes that were somewhat discrete…at least as discrete as a prostitute who wants potential patrons to know she is a prostitute can be. Tonight, though, there were so many more in such outrageous, skimpy and obvious outfits (even though some of them had on some great shoes). I even saw one grab a passer-by’s crotch. I wanted to take a picture to post but didn’t know if that was the best idea. Next time I definitely will so stay tuned!

Anyway. We went to a cute bar tucked away in the allies of Chueca, the gay neighborhood in Madrid. During the walk, we passed by the beautiful architecture, crowded plazas and wide sidewalks to graffiti-covered storefronts and narrow allies. It was a little sketch, but cool and not too scary. At the bar we met two REAL Spanish people, had a glass of wine with them and even had some real conversation (albeit slow and simple on my part). We even said hello and good-bye with a kiss on each cheek. I feel so legit, ha ha.

XO

Shot from the street leading to La Plaza de Chueca, which is lined with bars and filled with umbrella-covered outside seating.

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