Thursday, September 21, 2006
You know, when you’re able to navigate your way through a big city, there’s this feeling that just warms up your insides. Yesterday was an “I miss home” day, but today–that’s a different story. Actually, it started yesterday afternoon. I was just really proud of myself, cuz I took the metro and I really felt comfortable, like I knew what I was doing. Then today, I actually took some of the buses around UCM (the campus of Madrid’s university) today and found my way around. I had to go to the campus bookstore to buy a book for my Spanish Theatre class. The book wasn’t there, but I had a fun adventure seeing the campus on my own. Like, there were Spanish students studying, I talked to what I think was a professor (I was asking him for directions, and he chatted a bit), I saw some classes in session, I just got to see better the life of a Spanish student at UCM (Universidad Complutense Madrid). On the bus home, I met a guy from Germany who’s going to be studying in France this semester. He was asking me directions in Spanish, but I couldn’t answer him, so we spoke in English. Can you imagine? Four languages!! Incredible. I actually got stopped three times for directions today! It makes me feel like, I look like I know what I’m doing which is good, but then I open my mouth and they know I have no idea. But at least I won’t be mistaken for a lost tourist that’s an easy pick-pocket job. Anyways, just thought I’d share my excitement of becoming accustomed to living in this city; it’s a good feeling. And my first week of classes is out of the way. Yess. One down, lots to go. Hasta . . .