I hope this post finds you in good health, happiness, and peace. I most certainly am in that state of being. It's quite lovely.
I genuinely cherish routine. I have a set schedule with set expectations. I hope to add a few weekly activities to my schedule, but here's what a week in my life usually looks like:
Monday: School from 9-12:30. 2 hours of lunch. School from 2:30-4:30. Home at 5:30. Play with the girls/hang out until 9ish. Eat dinner. Browse Internet/read.
Tuesday: School from 10-12:30. 2 hours of lunch. School from 2:30-4:30. Hop on the Metro over to the other school. Class from 6-7:40. Home by 8:40. Dinner. Browse Internet/read.
Wednesday: Same as Monday but with a 10 o'clock start.
Thursday: School from 8:30-2:00. Home by 3:00. Lunch. Chill until girls get home. Normal evening events.
Friday: Sleep late. Do laundry. Go shopping. Chill.
Weekend: Do something fun.
I'm trying to hang out with a group of friends every Wednesday night. I'd also like to use my two hour lunch to climb at a nearby gym. I hope to get in several day trips and a couple of international trips before Christmas!
My last ten days have been pretty routine. I went exploring with a friend last weekend. I found Subway, and absolutely loved getting to see the Puerta de Europa. Google it!
Today, I went to a Medieval festival in a town about an hour outside Madrid. There was SO. MUCH. FOOD. Oh my goodness.
Here's glimpses of my day in pictures:
Some AMAZING pizza. I can never find pepperoni here. This was amazing after a train trip!!
Large mojitos. We figured: go big or go home, right?
For size reference. There wasn't nearly as much alcohol in this as one might think.
I went 22 years thinking candy apples and caramel apples were the same thing. Turns out, I was completely wrong. There is a difference. I think I prefer caramel apples, but this was pretty tasty.
I did NOT eat this. Yes, that IS a vat of octopuses. Octopi? No, red squiggly line under that. Some people did, in fact, eat this.
I also discovered how wonderful the trains are in Madrid. I can get to Sol in HALF the time from my piso if I take the Cercanias (train)! I can't believe I've only used the Metro thus far!!!
I'm slowly becoming a pro at public transport. Coming from Jonesboro, Arkansas. That's a big deal ;)
Routine. Medieval Festival. Adventure.
Also, I finally got my debit card!
That's about all I have for tonight. Best wishes from Madrid!!