Hola desde Madrid!
Well, I’m here and I think I’m finally over jet lag. I’ve been spending a lot of time exploring the neighborhoods around my new home, and so far I’m loving this city! Little by little I’m getting over my shyness of speaking Spanish (thanks to my new friend Sonia!) and hopefully that will continue to improve as each day passes.
If you’ve ever travelled with me then you know I have an abysmal sense of direction. Like really, it’s terrible. Yesterday I set out to find la Plaza Mayor, a main focal point of Madrid and quite close my apartment. It shouldn’t have been hard at all but I ended up more than a mile east of where I wanted to be. That means for at least 20 minutes I was walking in the completely opposite direction from what I thought.
The upside of being lost is that you find awesome things you weren’t intentionally trying to find. I ended up at the Botanical Gardens near Retiro Park, which I had on my list of places to visit anyway. It was so beautiful and very tranquil. It’s so nice to find such peaceful spots in the middle of a bustling city. I meandered for a while and watched some very cool birds hop around and chase each other. (I have a feeling I will be a birdwatcher later in life, but I’ll save that story for another day.) Here are some photos of things I’ve seen so far.
One of my favorite quotes is “not all those who wonder are lost.” Figuratively speaking, I consider myself far from lost. Unfortunately my spatial awareness proves otherwise in the literal sense.