I could not believe that our apartment is situated in the heart, the Centro, of Madrid. From my window I can see the dome of the Almudena Cathedral and the beginning of Puerta de Sol. However, with such close proximity to the city center, comes the city buzz.
|A building I stumbled across |
after a downpour of rain.
|Santa Maria |
Cathedral of Toledo
I always found that navigating my way through subways and streets in big cities like New York or San Francisco was such an adventure in itself. Whether it is midday or midnight here in Madrid, the city is alive with places to discover, music to hear, and food to eat. Speaking with locals is uplifting as well, because the culture shock fades away and I am becoming more in tune with the people and way of life.
Although the language barrier is evident, I feel that my Spanish language knowledge is slowly but surely evolving. Navigating my way in new circumstances has been insightful to say the least, but I believe that nothing worth having comes easy.
|View of the city from my|
The architecture styles are clear indicators of the culmination of cultures. Jewish temples have Arabic designs, or what was once a mosque is now a Catholic church. The city itself is an interesting divide of not only the remains of the three religions but also with the past and present. In one of the squares, I saw a McDonalds, Burger King, and Starbucks. It is strange to see these American establishments in the same square where there were once bullfights and public executions.
|View of a hostal along |
Puerta de Sol
I had several predispositions of what being away from home would feel like, but in reality, I have been craving an experience like this for a while. My class mates and I keep saying to each other how unbelievable it is that we are living in Madrid, and we are savoring every moment that comes our way.
I hope you’ll join me in my journey abroad and come back for my next blog!
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