19.07.2010 38 °C
Wow, I cannot believe my internship is almost over! More than 2 months have passed by since I have been in Madrid. I guess that when you’re having fun and enjoying the summer time goes by way to fast.
I would like to start by mentioning that the end of June, and July so far have been interesting months. First, the Metro strike in Madrid (I think this says it all!) pretty much paralysed the city for 2 days. Second the end of the World Cup. Instead of talking about all the problems the subway strike caused, I would much rather say a few lines about, well the Champions of the world. Watching the final in Madrid, in Plaza de Colon was absolutely amazing and the experience was truly unique. There was so much joy and happiness (after such a suspenseful game) that words cannot explain. Most Spaniards celebrated the victory of the Spanish team well into the next day. And, speaking of the next day, I had the wonderful opportunity to see the Spanish football pass through the main streets in Madrid (Gran Via and Alcala), barely making it past the sea of people waiting to see and congratulate them. It was an unforgettable experience to have been here in Madrid during the World Cup!!!
How do we salute people here? Well, for women, it’s 2 kisses on the cheeks, whereas men shake hands. Most people are not that formal and they address each other using the “tu” form even if they’ve just met. Of course there are certain environments which tend to be more formal, but generally speaking Spaniards are very easy going. In terms of eating food, everything is the same, except for the food part. Although my cooking is certainly not the highlight, the food in Madrid is excellent and pretty cheap!!! I will miss the tapas and the extremely cheap wine that can be bought at the grocery store for 1 euro. Even doing grocery shopping is fun because there is a wide variety of products at prices much cheaper than Canada; and buying fruits and vegetables that are locally grown from my Moroccan friends just across the street from where I live is the best! They usually give me free herbs and always convince me to buy their cherries, which are cheap and super yummy ;p
And now for some serious business...Yes, I have forsaken my jeans and student worthy attire for a more professional look (however, casual Friday is on every week) This does not bother me though, it’s like playing dress up, especially because I know once school starts again it will be the usual once more. And I also enjoying working and being able to come home and not have to worry about finishing a big term paper for the next day... What a feeling!
Time for me to continue my adventures and enjoy the rest of my summer. Today, there is only a month left to my birthday and tomorrow I am going to see an amazing concert (Alejandro Fernandez, for those who know him) in Madrid. Not to mention that Friday I am bound for Rome... Exciting times are soon to come.
Hope everyone back home and across the world is having just as much fun as I am.